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Gary Lineker thinks former England captain John Terry’s retirement from international football was “sensible”.

John Terry's England retirement sensible - Gary Lineker

Terry, 31, has called time on his England career, claiming the FA’s disciplinary charge against him has made his position “untenable”.

Match of the Day presenter and ex-England captain Lineker believes Terry made the right move.

“He says the FA have made his position untenable. [It was] probably a sensible decision,” Lineker tweeted.

“Whatever you think about John Terry, he always gave his absolute all on the field for England. A strong leader and great defender.”

Another former England captain, Jimmy Armfield, thinks Terry’s retirement will be a blow to manager Roy Hodgson.

Armfield told BBC Radio 5 live: “I was surprised to hear the news.

“He has had a pretty strong run of England matches and it has come at a pretty difficult time for Roy Hodgson.

“We are in the middle of the World Cup qualifiers and I think he needs all the good players he has got. It looks at this moment as though there is a question of loyalty here somewhere.”

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson believes the timing of Terry’s decision is “pre-empting what will happen to him in his case” [the FA disciplinary hearing against him ].

“He’s thinking by the end of this week he won’t be playing for England anyway, so he’s beaten them to it,” added the BBC football expert.

“Regardless of what else has gone on, he has been outstanding for England on the pitch and as a leader.

“There was a time when anyone could play with him, he was that good. He’s lost a little bit of pace as he gets towards the end of his career and is not quite as good, but there was a spell for John Terry at Chelsea when they were invincible.

“In the last game against Ukraine when Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott played, England looked a little bit short. He [Terry] gives you everything, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room as well and they will miss him.”

Former FA chief executive Mark Palios said he was disappointed with Terry’s decision, but believes the void he has left behind will quickly be filled.

“A lot of players will be sad to see him go, but there is one thing that happens in football and that is the graveyard is full of indispensable men,” said Palios.

“Another player will come along and fill the place.

“With the grievance John Terry clearly feels in this case, it’s not really a surprising decision.”

BBC Sport

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