The English Football Association (FA) have rejected Chelsea defender John Terry's claims that an investigation into his alleged racial abuse of an opponent during a Premier League match last year had forced him to retire from England duty.
The 31-year-old former national captain brought his England career to an abrupt end on Sunday, saying his position in the national team had become "untenable" due to the FA's impending case against him.
The Chelsea skipper stood before an FA tribunal set to last four days on Monday, facing charges of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last October despite being acquitted in the law courts in July.
FA general secretary Alex Horne dismissed Terry's objections to the hearing, saying that the governing body was not responsible for the player's decision to retire.
"It's a personal decision. I don't see how we have made it untenable, they are two very separate processes," Horne told the British media on Monday.