London: England captain John Terry insists that he is not thinking of retiring anytime soon, saying that he is aiming to earn his 100th cap for the Three Lions’.
When asked if he is considering international retirement, Terry said: “I love playing for my country. I see it as the biggest privilege of my career so there’s no way I’m going to volunteer to give that up.”
“I want to go on for a good few years yet, for as long as I can. Put it this way, I’ve got 68 caps and I’d love to think I could get 100. There’s not many players who’ve done that so it would be some achievement and it’s definitely a goal,” he added.
The 30-year-old further admitted that he needs to train hard and play well to keep his place in the national squad.
“I know there’s some very good players who want my England shirt. Michael Dawson, Joleon Lescott, Ledley King, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka for starters. And then there’s the youngsters bubbling through like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling,” Terry said.
“But I’m a realist too and one day I won’t be required, but that responsibility is on my shoulders and I will work as hard as I can to put that day off for as long as I can,” he added.
Terry is currently preparing to lead England for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday.