John Terry has a message for Wayne Rooney after England axe

Published by on October 12, 2016

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:

 

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.