England captain Gerrard defends Rooney after Scholes criticism

England captain Steven Gerrard has defender striker Wayne Rooney after his former Manchester United teammate Paul Scholes claimed that he was past his best, Sky Sports has reported.

In a blog post, Scholes, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League alongside Rooney, wrote: ‘Wayne’s peak may have been a lot younger than we’d expect of footballers traditionally. Age 28 or 29 has been the normal peak. With Wayne, it could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011-2012 when he was 26.”

Scholes also pointed to his disappointing record at major international tournaments, with his goal against Ukraine at Euro 2012 his first since Euro 2004, which is widely regarded as his only outstanding showing in a competition with England.

However, speaking ahead of Friday’s friendly against Peru at Wembley, 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.”

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