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09th Feb 2022

FA seek answers after Wayne Rooney says he wanted to injure England teammate

Callum Boyle

Wayne Rooney John Terry

“I left a hole in his foot.”

The Football Association has contacted Wayne Rooney to clarify comments he made about a tackle on John Terry during an interview with The Times.

Rooney revealed he wanted to hurt an opposition player during a game against Chelsea and reflected on intentionally trying to injure Terry at Stamford Bridge in 2006.

Wayne Rooney John Terry

FA contact Wayne Rooney says he wanted to injure John Terry.

The former Manchester United forward said he changed his studs to “long metal ones” for the game at Stamford Bridge and had the intention to “hurt someone.”

He said: “For that game, I changed them to big, long metal ones – the maximum length you could have because I wanted to try and hurt someone, try and injure someone.

“I knew they were going to win that game. You could feel they were a better team at the time so I changed my studs.

“The studs were legal but thinking if there’s a challenge there I knew I’d want to go in for it properly, basically. I did actually.”

Wayne Rooney speaks about John Terry tackle.

Rooney then recalled that John Terry ended up leaving the stadium after the game that day on crutches.

“John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and then I signed my shirt to him after the game. A few weeks later I sent it to him and asked for my stud back.”

“If you look back when they were celebrating, JT’s got his crutches from that tackle.”

Terry responded to the 32-year-old’s comments on Twitter. He said: “[Wayne Rooney] is this when you left your stud in my foot?”

Derby County, the club Rooney is currently manager of, has confirmed that he will make no further comment at this time.