Terry had been reported to have announced on Sunday evening that he wanted to retire from football, via his Instagram page.
Mikel and Essien, who played alongside Terry for many years at Chelsea, congratulated the former centre-back, adding that it was an honour to have played alongside the 37-year-old.
“Congratulations on a fantastic career old boy! Good luck for whatever’s next! #CaptainLeaderLegend,”Mikel Twitted on his official Twitter page
— Mikel John Obi (@mikel_john_obi) October 8, 2018
Essien Twitted on his official Twitter page,“I wish you all the best for the future #Captain @johnterry. You were one of the best leaders I ever played with. Thank you for the memories Georgie”.
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All the best #Captain.New beginning and a new start and I wish you all the best in the next phase of your footballing career. You were one of the best leaders I ever played with. Thank you for the memories Georgie pic.twitter.com/ynkNGLyI7A
— Michael Essien® (@MichaelEssien) October 7, 2018