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Roy 'reluctantly accepted' Terry call

ESPN staff
September 24, 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has commented on John Terry's decision to retire from international football.

The Chelsea player announced he would be stepping down from England duty with immediate effect on Sunday evening, sparking a range of reactions from the football world.

On Monday morning Football Association general secretary Alex Horne expressed his surprise at Terry's decision, and also disputed the 31-year-old's assertion that his position within the national set-up had become untenable due to an FA hearing into his alleged racial abuse of QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Hodgson chose to focus on expressing his gratitude to Terry for his contribution to the England team in his statement, released via the FA on Monday morning while Terry was attending his hearing at Wembley.

"I'd like to thank John Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became manager," said Hodgson.

"I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John's international experience and exceptional ability.

"I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision. I can also confirm that he had the courtesy to call me prior to announcing his retirement from the England team.

"I'd like to wish John well for the future with Chelsea."

Terry collected 78 caps for England, and made his debut in June 2003.

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