After Wayne Rooney’s brace against Scotland last night, debate has raged as to where Rooney now ranks in the list of England’s greatest players. Rooney’s second-half double in Glasgow took the 29-year-old’s overall tally for his country to 46 goals in 101 internationals, just three behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time Three Lions scoring record.
There is little doubt that Rooney will now go on and smash Sir Bobby’s all time record, but is that enough to be considered one of England’s greatest?
If you had tuned into the aftermath of the match you will have heard Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness discuss the issue after the full-time whistle.
CARRAGHER: “He will become the greatest goalscorer for England, there’s no doubt about that, and he will possibly also beat the caps record as well, and all week when he got his 100 caps people were saying: ‘Is he an England great? Where does he rank?’
“Of course he is an England great, he is going to be our greatest goalscorer. But is he a world great like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo? No he is not
SOUNESS: “I would not get too carried away with Rooney scoring two goals against Scotland, he is playing against Championship players tonight.
I agree that he has been a great player for England, but what adjective would you use to describe Ronaldo and Messi, if you are using ‘great’ to describe Rooney? It is different planets.
REDKNAPP: “He is captain of Manchester United, and captain of England too, so he is indispensable, you cannot leave him out of this side now. When we needed him the most tonight, he was the one player who made that huge moment come for the third goal. A little bit of movement, and he scores, and I do not think that there is ever a question whether Rooney should play for England.
Can we really class Rooney as a ‘great’ ? Watch the full post match debate above.
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