Steven Gerrard: It ‘kills me’ to see Wayne Rooney do well

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Liverpool’s no.8 jealous of Rooney’s titles…

Steven Gerrard has admitted it ‘kills’ him to think about the accolades Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has achieved, ITV Sport reports.

While Gerrard has remained loyal to us since making his debut in 1998/99, Rooney moved from boyhood club Everton to join Manchester United, and has since won five Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League.

While Gerrard has admitted that watching his former England teammate win medals has been painful, he’s respectful of the striker’s abilities – with Rooney set to win his 100th cap at the weekend.

“I think it would be fully deserved for a player of his calibre and for what he’s done for Manchester United even though it kills me saying it,” Gerrard said.

“He’s taken that onto the international stage and he’s been consistent with goals and performances. In years to come anyone who is looking back at records and looks at goals and caps, Wayne Rooney’s name will come up and I think he deserves both accolades.”

Gerrard retired from England duty during the summer, despite the fact he was on course to break the all-time caps record (125) set by Peter Shilton in 1990.

With our skipper’s retirement, Rooney is now favourite to break the record, being aged just 29. With Roy Hodgson clearly a huge fan of the (fairly inconsistent and immobile) forward, Gerrard’s 114 caps will already be in his sights.


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