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John Terry is no stranger to controversy when it comes to the England set-up. The Chelsea captain was infamously stripped of the same honour at international level  on two occasions. 

Once after allegations concerning Terry and the former girlfriend of England and former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge, and again in 2012 amidst allegations he had racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

As such, he knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of criticism from the media and national team fans. Perhaps, then, that is why he has chosen to take to Instagram today to voice his support for the Three Lions' current beleaguered skipper Wayne Rooney.

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Obviously, Rooney's current situation - reportedly dropped for England's qualifier against Slovenia tonight - is far different from Terry's back in 2010.

However, the Manchester United star is still facing intense scrutiny after a lacklustre campaign, with plenty calling for him to call time on his international career.

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While Rooney may be losing support amongst the fan base of both club and country - not to mention the English media - he clearly still has the backing of one former Three Lions teammate.

Terry's supportive Instagram post can be seen below...

The Chelsea veteran's message comes after another difficult few days for Rooney. 

Having retained his place in England's starting line-up for Gareth Southgate's first game at charge on Saturday, the United man duly put in a disappointing performance against a lowly Malta side.

Now, with England facing a tougher challenge against Slovenia on Tuesday evening, the national team's all-time top goalscorer is set to take up a place on the bench.


With his international future under scrutiny like never before, Rooney will likely appreciate the support he has received from Terry.

And, speaking to the media yesterday, the 30-year-old wasn't willing to accept that his time with England was drawing to a close.

"Of course, I'm not denying it is in a difficult period. I've been on the bench the last few games for Manchester United but that's part of football," Rooney told the gathered media, via the BBC.

"I have to work hard and, when I'm needed for both club and country, I'll make sure I'm ready."

Only time will tell whether Rooney is able to find a role for himself in Southgate's plans. 

Terry, of course, hasn't played for England since 2012 after his international career came to a disappointing end.

Rooney will be hoping he can continue to play a part for the Three Lions right up until his self-imposed retirement date at the end of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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