Alan Shearer Has The Final Word On John Terry's 'Send Off' Against Sunderland

Ex-England captain spoke a lot of sense on Match of the Day

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An excruciating display of self-aggrandizing theatre or a fitting tribute to a Leader Legend – whatever your response to John Terry's Stamford Bridge exit at the weekend, there's no denying it was extraordinary.

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The Chelsea captain marked the end of his long and illustrious career by planning to be substituted in the 26th minutes of the game against Sunderland, at which point his teammates formed a guard of honour and the centre back spent two whole minutes hugging them and applauding the crowd. During a Premier League game. Moyes – who has since walked after a dismal relegation season with the Black Cats – apparently agreed to the whole thing in advance.

Naturally, it came up as a talking point on Match of the Day with Ian Wright declaring the incident 'nice' and making the point that, as Chelsea were champions and Sunderland were already down, it didn't really matter.

Former England captain Alan Shearer, however, who knows a thing or two about being a legend at his hometown club, saw it a little differently.

"First of all (Terry) has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies, but I'm not sure about this," he said.

"Sunderland agreeing to kick the ball out on 26 minutes, I don't think anything should be done that could undermine the integrity of the game.

"I know it was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour, but it should have been before or after the game or in the last minute."

And there it is, the nub of why Terry's piece of theatre was so grating. Football is a game full of pomp and ceremony and plenty is left for both before and after kick off, but JT, presumably wanting the stadium to be as full as possible, decided to pull his stunt midway through a half forcing the traveling fans and indeed everyone who just wanted to watch a game of football to indulge him. Still, the photos looked nice.