John Terry a 'massive, massive' loss for England - Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says John Terry will be a "massive, massive" loss for England following his international retirement.

Earlier this week the 31-year-old Chelsea captain announced his England career was over.

"John Terry is a player with unbelievable talent and helped this country so much, and the same for Chelsea too," said Villas-Boas, Terry's former manager at Chelsea.

"It's a massive, massive loss for England. 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."

BBC Sport