24 Sep 2012

John Terry retires from football

5:04 pm on 24 September 2012

Former England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from international football.

The Chelsea defender was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in July of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game.

But Terry, who won 78 caps, still faces a Football Association disciplinary hearing over the matter on Monday.

He said: "Pursuing charges [when] I have already been cleared in a court... has made my position untenable."

Terry, 31, received a not guilty verdict at the trial but was charged by the FA two weeks later for using alleged "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" towards the QPR defender during October's game at Loftus Road.

The court heard accusations that Terry had insulted Ferdinand, describing him as "black" and using extreme sexual swear words, the BBC reports.

The prosecution had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had used the words in an insulting manner, which it could not. The FA only has to prove its case on the balance of probabilities.

Terry made his debut in a 2-1 friendly victory over the then Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.

He had two separate stints as England captain. Appointed as David Beckham's successor as England skipper in 2006, he was stripped of the position in 2010 following allegations he had an affair with then England team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.

He was re-appointed in March 2011, but the FA relieved him of the role again in February, a decision that precipitated the departure of manager Fabio Capello.

He most recently played in the 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Moldova on 7 September.