24 Sep 2012

Terry ends his international career

9:45 am on 24 September 2012

John Terry has ended his long and often controversial England career announcing his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old Chelsea defender, capped 78 times since his debut in 2003 and who appeared at two World Cups, issued a statement saying his position in the national team had become untenable due to the Football Association's impending case against him.

Terry is due before an FA tribunal tonight facing charges of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game last October despite being acquitted in the law courts in July.

Terry, who if found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand could face a lengthy ban similar to the one served by Liverpool's Luis Suarez last season, said the FA had left him in an impossible position.

East-London born Terry has spent his entire career with Chelsea since joining as a 14-year-old.