Earlier this week Paul Scholes wrote a blog in which he claimed Wayne Rooney was past his peak, and this morning Steven Gerrard has leapt to the defence of Rooney – suggesting that Paul Scholes’ comments were wrong and Rooney still has something to offer.
Whilst it seems rather odd a Liverpool player defending a Manchester United player and an Evertonian, I have to agree with Gerrard. Paul Scholes’ comments towards were certainly bizarre as Rooney looked like the only senior player who seemed to care last year, and he never once failed to put in a good shift for the team.
“Paul Scholes is wrong,” Gerrard said. “I think he’s (Rooney) been Manchester United’s best player at home and in Europe.
“He’s been in terrific form. I can only judge from my opinion but from what I’ve seen from his performances in the United team, his form has been really positive.”
“He’s worked hard this week and he decided to do his own week of extra training,” Gerrard added.
“He seems in an awful better frame of mind going into this tournament than he’s had going into previous tournaments when he’s had injuries on his mind in the past. I’m excited about where Wayne Rooney is at.”
Both players are expected to feature in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI as England take on Peru later tonight.