Rooney vs Gerrard – Ex-Arsenal star names his preferred England centurion

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Martin Keown compares Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard on the international stage.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown joined up with ex-Liverpool duo Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp to discuss Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The 29-year-old is set to become the ninth player in history to complete 100 caps for England as he is set to lead the Three Lions out in their 2016 Euro qualifier at home to Slovenia.

Aside from joining an elite group of centurions, the Red Devils favourite could also match or surpass Jimmy Greaves’ 44-goal record as he trails the former Chelsea hero by just one.

With Rooney still in his peak years of his career, it would take a rather strange set of circumstances to stop him from going on to break both the England goal and caps record in the foreseeable future.

But would this make the former Everton youth product the greatest England player ever? It is a question which sparks an interesting debate.

Despite his almost inevitable place at the top of England’s goal and appearance lists, ex-Arsenal man Keown feels the striker has been somewhat inconsistent and labelled Gerrard as his favourite centurion.

“I didn’t see the 1966 team so I’d choose Steven Gerrard. I saw his brilliant raw material straight away. He was quiet at first and I enjoyed helping him when he first came into the squad. He was less confident than Frank Lampard and I wish had been captain for longer,” he wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

The Reds midfielder made 114 appearances for the England national team before retiring after the World Cup in Brazil last summer.

Along with Rooney, Gerrard was also critiqued for failing to emerge his fabulous form at Anfield with the international team and his inability to form a potential irresistible midfield partnership with Frank Lampard.

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