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John Terry quits England on eve of 'racism' hearing

Published on Sep 24, 2012 7:40 AM
In this photo taken on June 10, 2009 England defender John Terry thanks the fans after winning their World Cup Qualifying match against Andorra, Wembley Stadium, London. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Former England captain John Terry dramatically quit international football on Sunday, fewer than 24 hours before a Football Association hearing into allegations he racially abused Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.

Chelsea skipper Terry, 31, said the FA had made his position "untenable" after he had already been cleared of criminal charges emanating from the controversy which rocked the game last October.

"I am today announcing my retirement from international football," Terry said in a statement.

"I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I've played with.

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