Ex-England captain John Terry announces retirement


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Former England captain John Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday with the 37-year-old central defender now set to pursue a career in management. Terry, who spent the bulk of his career with Chelsea, captained second-tier Aston Villa last season.

Now the Birmingham club reportedly now want him to join their coaching staff as part of a new look set up, with Thierry Henry in the running to take over as manager at Villa Park after Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this week.

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“After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing,” Terry said. Terry, capped 78 times by England, recently rejected a chance to play for Spartak Moscow, saying a move to Russia was not right for his family.

His last game as a professional was Villa’s 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham in May a loss that denied Villa a return to the Premier League.

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But his club career will be best remembered for his time at Chelsea where he won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the 2011-12 Champions League.

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