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Terry to face FA after resignation


Former England captain John Terry

Former England captain John Terry

Former England captain John Terry

John Terry is going head-to-head with the FA after taking the "heart-breaking" decision to end his England football career.

The former national captain is facing an improper conduct charge, the final instalment of his spat with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.

If he was found guilty, most thought he could never play for England again. However, in a shock move on Sunday night, Terry took the matter out of FA hands by ending one of the most controversial England careers of all time on 78 caps.

"I am today announcing my retirement from international football," said Terry in a statement. "Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I want to wish Roy and the team every success for the future.

"I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable."

The move is a major blow to manager Roy Hodgson, as well as being somewhat embarrassing as he had continued to stand by Terry throughout the racism storm. Press Association Sport understands Terry spoke to Hodgson before releasing the statement.

Hodgson said: "I'd like to thank John Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became manager. I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John's international experience and exceptional ability."

Terry effectively accused the FA of forcing his hand after they charged him over last October's altercation with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, despite being cleared in court of a racially-aggravated public order offence over the same incident.

FA general secretary Alex Horne hit back, telling Sky Sports News: "I don't see how we've made it untenable - they're two very separate processes.

"It's something that happened in a match between QPR and Chelsea - it shouldn't be taking a year to resolve but we feel we're reaching a conclusion on that. That's a very different process, from my perspective, from our England procedures."