Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honor. 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 would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing that honor with all the players that I’ve played with. I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career. I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC, and challenging for domestic and European honors.
~ John Terry, 23 September 2012
John Terry retires from international duty today. He was captain of his national team but was later stripped of captaincy by the English Football Association due to allegations of racial abuse. He was cleared of racial abuse in court but still must face a tribunal from FA.