JOHN TERRY has revealed he kept the number 26 shirt throughout his career so fans wouldn’t have to buy another shirt.
The former Chelsea skipper was given the squad number when he broke into the Blues first team in 1998, aged just 17.
And during his time at Stamford Bridge the 38-year-old rejected the chance to switch to a lower number or one more associated with a central defender.
In his final appearance for Chelsea, he was taken off after 26 minutes and was given a guard of honour from his team-mates.
And even when he moved to Aston Villa for a season, he insisted on the same shirt number he has used throughout his career.
He revealed on Instagram: “When I broke into the first team at Chelsea that was my number and I had seen some fans with my name and number on their shirts.
“I didn’t want them paying out for another shirt.”
Terry, who is now assistant to Dean Smith at Villa Park, also gave a cheeky response when trolled by a Tottenham fan during the Q&A with his 4.4million followers.
Instead of a question, the Spurs fan wrote: “Tottenham Hotspur forever.”
Terry simply responded with the trophy and eyes emojis.
Villa are currently ninth in the Championship, four points of the final play-off place.