John Terry’s international career wasn’t exactly plain sailing.
The former England captain eventually had the armband taken off him for allegedly racially abusing then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but on the field at least, he was once an inspirational leader for the Three Lions.
Terry clearly sympathises with the current skipper, Wayne Rooney, who will not start tonight against Slovenia after another woeful performance against Malta on Saturday.
The Chelsea star knows what it’s like to come under enormous pressure from fans and media alike, and he has now taken the opportunity to come out in support of his old team-mate Rooney.
The centre-back posted this on his Instagram, making some pretty fair points about the declining 30-year-old:
Wayne Rooney England's highest record goalscorer in the history of our game. Soon to be the most capped player our great country has ever produced. One of the very best players I have seen and had the pleasure playing with in my lifetime and a man who has given everything for England. An absolute LEGEND at Everton,Man Utd,England and world football. We should all show more respect to this great player and man. Let's all get behind Wayne and the England team tomorrow. @waynerooney ⚽️
That doesn’t immediately change anything, but England fans who booed him at Wembley might want to think twice if he is brought on in the course of the Slovenia game.
Rooney’s first challenge this season is to convince Jose Mourinho he’s still worthy of a place in the Manchester United team, and then he can start to think about reigniting his career with England.