English Premiership

AVB full of praise for Terry

2012-09-27 22:11
Andre Villas-Boas (AP)

London - John Terry's decision to quit the England team is a massive loss, said Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas before adding he supports the defender despite the FA finding him guilty of racial abuse on Thursday.

Villas-Boas was in the early days of his short reign at Chelsea when his skipper Terry clashed with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last October.

The incident at Loftus Road eventually led to Fabio Capello stepping down as England coach, Terry losing the captaincy of his country and then quitting the national team last Sunday.

News of Terry's FA punishment, a four-match ban, filtered through as Villas-Boas spoke to reporters at the Spurs training ground.

"It's a massive loss for England," Villas-Boas said as he prepared for his team's English Premier League game at Manchester United on Saturday. "John Terry is a player of unbelievable talent and he has helped his country so much and is also a stalwart for Chelsea.

"It's difficult for a player like him to take a decision like this. But from the perspective of the England squad... it leaves manager Roy Hodgson in a difficult position.

"I'm not taking anything away from the other England centre backs but John Terry is a player of great talent," added Villas-Boas.

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