England defender Kyle Walker has used Twitter to take a dig at news outlets who accused teammate Raheem Sterling of promoting gun crime.
Sterling was recently pictured with a tattoo of a gun on his right leg, which subjected him to heavy and somewhat bizarre criticism from sections of the British media.
Fernandinho has since spoken out in defence of Sterling, while another of his City teammates Walker posted pictures of himself behind the camera on a fun photo shoot with his England star and used the caption to take a sly dig at the ovetry critical press.
He captioned the images: "Smile for the camera...but make sure you cover up your tattoos lads"
The tweet has been well received and Walker's tongue-in-cheek comment encouraged some England fans to mock up some fake headlines of their own, while others praised Walker for defending his colleague and friend.
Kyle Walker spotted "shooting" whilst on England duty!— Dan Cox (@DataInsightDan) May 31, 2018
“WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE FULL BACK SHOOTS a camera”— Conor Kelly (@Conor__Kelly) May 31, 2018
THE SUN: England and Manchester City RB Kyle Walker supports gun violence after sticking up for his team mates tattoo— liam (@LiamM9320) May 31, 2018
Glad you lot aren’t afraid to give the press as good as they give. Big up ya self Kyle 🙌🏾👍🏽— Luke Marley (@LukeMarley8) May 31, 2018
Fuck the press they don't want to see success. Go and enjoy yourselves out on that pitch and in life. The fans will always back you if you give 100% for the shirt.— Fin (@yalnif13) May 31, 2018
The duo will be hoping to link up well together on the pitch, when England host Nigeria in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.