Terry move stuns Wilkins

Chelsea defender calls time on international career with England

Wilkins: England have lost a great captain

John Terry: Former captain's decision has shocked Ray Wilkins

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Ray Wilkins has admitted he is 'flabbergasted' by former England captain John Terry's decision to quit international football.

Wilkins, who was first-team coach at Chelsea between 2008 and 2010, does not believe the forthcoming FA hearing into allegations of racial abuse towards Anton Ferdinand had any bearing on Terry's announcement.

The Sky Sports pundit believes the 31-year-old is focused on prolonging his club career and hopes that the off-field events that have dogged Terry throughout his career will not overshadow his achievements on the pitch.

Wilkins said: "I didn't think John was going to take this type of action.

"I hope that people will remember him for his football and he has been an outstanding centre-half. He's been an outstanding captain for England and he's been an outstanding player for England."

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"He was and always has been such a staunch supporter of England and always wanted to play for England as well.

"He must have taken a lot of thought as far as making this decision is concerned and it would have been a very tough one for him.

"I don't think John has tried to pre-empt anything that will go on in the hearing. I just think he probably feels it's time to get out of the limelight and get away from the England set-up and concentrate on playing for Chelsea.

"I hope that people will remember him for his football and he has been an outstanding centre-half. He's been an outstanding captain for England and he's been an outstanding player for England."

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