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Di Matteo: Terry England retirement will benefit Chelsea

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo says skipper John Terry has plenty of years ahead of him.

Terry retired from international football this week in anticipation of his FA ban.

Di Matteo said: "He still has many years to play to come. I don't know what the future will hold.

"He likes to focus on the football, and that's all I have to be concerned about.

"I know that John loved playing for England. It was his childhood dream. It was a very difficult decision for him to take.

"When he wants to discuss the reasons, I'll leave that to him."

He added: "It certainly increases the chance to play a bit longer when you don't play internationally."

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