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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Terry committed to England

ESPN staff

Chelsea defender John Terry has insisted he has never considered turning his back on England despite being stripped of the captaincy.

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It was claimed that Terry was considering retiring from international football after FA bosses took the decision to strip him of the captaincy for a second time earlier this year.

The defender says the decision left him disappointed but stressed that his commitment to his country never wavered.

"I'm not going to throw away my international career for anyone," Terry told the Sun newspaper. "I am proud to represent my country. I will never turn my back on England.

"I was baffled by these rumours about me quitting. I even had players coming up saying they heard I was going to quit, but I never considered quitting.

"I was deeply disappointed by the FA's decision to strip me of the captaincy as it meant the world to me, but sometimes you just have to accept these things and move on."

Terry gave his backing to new England manager Roy Hodgson.

"I always thought Roy Hodgson was a genuine candidate and I was surprised no one really mentioned him," he said. "Clearly all the hype was for Harry Redknapp but the FA have taken their time to appoint the right man to lead us to success and I think this is a great appointment.

"I spoke to Bobby Zamora who worked with him at Fulham and he always spoke highly about Roy, and the Liverpool lads have also publicly supported him."

Terry stressed, though, that he was hugely disappointed that Fabio Capello had resigned.

"I was extremely disappointed the manager decided to quit," he said. "From day one he stood by me and said he knew the English law and the English way and you are innocent until proven guilty and I respected him for that. Clearly he didn't agree with the FA and had his own personal reasons for standing down."




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