British newspapers expressed regret over the loss to the national team of ex-England captain John Terry—but contrasted his impressive record on the pitch with his chequered personal history.
Terry’s shock retirement from international football on 24 September came hours before the Football Association was due to hold a hearing into claims that the Chelsea defender racially abused Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, despite a court having found him not guilty.
The football editor of ‘The Times’ said “the game has been tarnished” by the incident last October and “Terry did the right thing last night. It may well have been the hardest thing he’s ever done.” “JT walks out on England,” proclaimed ‘The Sun’ tabloid in a headline, adding, “78 caps but no tears”. AFP