John Terry was given a befitting farewell, as he played his last Premier League game for Chelsea against Sunderland on Sunday.

The Chelsea captain was substituted on the 26th minute of the game as he received a hero’s farewell, with the Chelsea players giving him a guard of honour.

Some pundits have criticised the farewell, but Terry has admitted he “could not care less” about the criticism surrounding his Chelsea send-off.

The likes of Alan Shearer and Garth Crooks have been critical of Terry’s sendoff, with BBC’s Garth Crooks hitting out: “This isn’t Hollywood, this is a Premier League fixture.”

Terry has hit back at them, admitting that as long as Chelsea fans are happy with the farewell, he couldn’t care less.

“I couldn’t care less, I promise you,” he told The Sun. “All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans. Me and them have a wonderful rapport and have done for 22 years.

“Nothing that people write or say can ever get in the way of that.

“If that’s the way I want to go out, that’s the way I go out because I’ve been here 22 years, I’ve won so many trophies – so if I wanted to play one minute and come off, I would have done.

“I wanted to play 26 minutes because the shirt number means a lot to me and the supporters so as long as they are happy – and I was over the moon with the reception – I promise you I could not care less.”

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