'John Terry has this evening (Sunday) announced his retirement from international football.
This was a personal and difficult decision for John to take as playing for and captaining his country was a boyhood dream.
John first represented England in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro.
He played 78 times for his country and scored six goals, including the first full England international goal at the new Wembley Stadium against Brazil in June 2007.
The 31-year-old was named England captain in August 2006 and went on to lead his country 34 times.
John also won nine caps at Under-21 level'.
The BBC quotes Terry saying: 'Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision.
'I want to wish Roy [Hodgson] and the team every success for the future.
'I now look forward to playing for Chelsea and challenging for domestic and European honours, and I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support.
'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.
'I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career'.
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