Peter Shilton says Wayne Rooney should go down as an England great

Shilton says any player that gets 100 caps for their country is a great.

England's record appearance holder Peter Goalkeeper has said that current England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney should go down as one of the country's great players, with the 29-year-old set to receive his 100th cap for his country tomorrow evening at Wembley when England take on Slovenia.

Former goalkeeper Shilton told TalkSport: “Anybody that gets 100 caps for their country has got to be a great.

“Wayne has always been a little genius to me, from when he came on to the scene he has always been a player that could do something different and change a game.

“He can beat people, he can pass it and he can score goals. He is certainly up there with the best.”

The main criticism that has been levelled at Rooney at international level was his alleged failure to show up at the big tournaments. 

He burst onto the international scene at Euro 2004 where he scored four goals. At the 2006 and 2010 World Cup he played on the back of injuries whilst he only played two games of Euro 2012. He scored his first goal at a World Cup in 2014 when there was plenty of speculation surrounding his position, and whether he should have been dropped from the starting line-up or not by Roy Hodgson.

However, he is only six goals behind the England goalscoring record, and there is a possibility he will be part of the England side for some years to come - and even a chance of usurping Shilton as England's record appearance holder.

“He has got a great chance of beating my record.

“It will be a sad day for me because I‘m very proud of that record, it’s something that people have been aiming at for a little while, but I will be the first person to shake Wayne’s hand if he does it.”

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