AVB: Terry a big loss to England

AVB and Terry
Andre Villas-Boas and John Terry teamed up last season at Chelsea. Photo: PA

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists John Terry will be sorely missed by England following his international retirement.

Terry was today banned from domestic club football for four matches and fined £220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

The 31-year-old Chelsea captain, who can lodge an appeal, had already announced earlier this week that his England career is over.

"It's a massive, massive loss for England," said Villas-Boas, Terry's former manager at Chelsea.

"John Terry is a player with unbelievable talent and helped this country so much, and the same for Chelsea too.

"In the end they are his decisions, personal decisions.

"It's difficult for a player to take a position like this but on the perspective of England and qualification it leaves (England manager) Roy Hodgson in a difficult position bearing in mind the centre-backs he has at his disposal.

"I'm not putting into question the quality of the other players, but he is certainly missing one player of great, great talent."