'Let's all get behind Wayne': John Terry launches passionate defence of dropped England captain
John Terry has urged English fans to show more respect for Wayne Rooney, and reserved special praise for the England captain.
Rooney is struggling for form, and has been dropped for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia after getting booed by sections of the English support during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Malta.
It has been a difficult few months for the 30 year old, who was recently dropped from the Manchester United starting team by Jose Mourinho too.
However, former England skipper John Terry launched a passionate defence of the Man United forward on Instagram;
“Wayne Rooney, England's highest record goal-scorer 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.”
Rooney appeared before the media yesterday in Ljubljana, along with England interim boss Gareth Southgate, who was adamant that the striker has an important role to play in the Three Lions’ squad.
Addressing the issue, Rooney said:
“Of course, I do [believe I can come back from this]. I am 30 years of age, I am not 35 or 36 where you are thinking: 'Can you get back from it?' I will just keep working.”
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