Terry backs Rooney to stay focused

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ENGLAND captain John Terry is confident Wayne Rooney will find his release on the pitch in Montenegro tomorrow night.

The 25-year-old touched down in Podgorica yesterday to be informed his father, Wayne snr, and uncle, Richie, had been arrested in connection with an alleged betting scam in Scotland last year.

They were later released on bail, and Rooney’s father last night protested his innocence through his solicitor.

Rooney has had to deal with off-field issues while on England duty before, notably 13 months ago in Switzerland when he scored in a 3-1 win just as he was being engulfed by tales about his private life.

The Manchester United forward has vowed he will not he distracted as he focuses on his performance on the pitch.

And Terry, no stranger to front-page headlines himself, is confident Rooney will fulfil his pledge as England go chasing the point that will book their place at Euro 2012.

“Wayne’s one of the best players in the world,” said Terry.

“He will deal with it and go out and perform like he always does. He is fine and focused on the game.

“We all know Wayne, the type of character he is. He’ll certainly be okay. I don’t really want to go into too much detail.

“As players, you learn throughout your career to deal with certain things. The only release is out on the pitch.”