John Terry on Retirement from International Duty

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.

Ryan Nelsen To John Terry: “That was a bit embarassing, John”

“He does it to everybody in their box. He was nowhere near the ball, was never going to win it, so he just fell down. He was just trying to get a penalty, so I wouldn’t make anything out of it. He’s bigger than me so he actually made me look really strong, but if the referee had given anything it would have been ridiculous. That’s never a penalty. I actually said to him: ‘That was a bit embarrassing, John’ and he laughed as he ran off.”

~ Ryan Nelsen, September 15, 2012

The talk before the QPR v Chelsea match was about the pre-match handshake between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry. In the end they did not shake hands (Anton’s choice) and Terry tried to draw a penalty in a hard fought game. Ryan Nelsen called him out on his dive.