Hodgson disappointed by Terry’s England retirement

Roy Hodgson has admitted he is disappointed by John Terry’s decision to retire from international football in light of his Football Association charge for using racist or abusive language towards Anton Ferdinand, but the England manager added he has no choice but to accept the Chelsea captain’s stance, the BBC has reported.

Terry stepped away from the international scene after revealing in a statement that he felt his position within the national set-up was untenable while the governing body pursued a case against him. Terry was cleared in court of a racially aggravated public order offence in July for the same incident with the Queens Park Rangers defender, but the burden of proof for the FA’s disciplinary procedures is lower. The hearing began on Monday.

Hodgson picked Terry for all of England’s Euro 2012 matches and added that he has always had a good relationship with the 31-year-old when they have worked together in the England side.

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