Merson says Chelsea's Terry needs to be rested by England

Former England star Paul Merson feels Chelsea skipper John Terry needs to be rested against Ukraine.

Former England star Paul Merson feels Chelsea skipper John Terry needs to be rested against Ukraine.

Merson explained in the Daily Star Sunday: "He doesn’t look fit and that could be a big problem. Against Sweden at times he looked like he was running in treacle.

"He’s had a hamstring problem and at one stage I honestly thought he was going off. I thought he’d torn it but he played on.

"Terry’s a great defender and he’s getting by so far because he’s never isolated. Against France the midfield did a great job of protecting him and the rest of the back four.

"But when we had to attack against Sweden he got caught out a couple of times. You don’t want him to get isolated like that later in the tournament or we’ll get punished.

"I think he needs a rest. He should be the first player Roy Hodgson takes off against Ukraine if we go ahead in that game."

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