Sportsdesk Comment with Freddie Schmuck: Is Rooney an England great?

Is Wayne Rooney and England great? Freddie Schmuck believes he is. What do you think? Tweet us @SN_Sport
Is Wayne Rooney and England great? Freddie Schmuck believes he is. What do you think? Tweet us @SN_Sport

Wayne Rooney marked his 100th cap with his 44th England goal in the 3-1 victory over Slovenia in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers on Saturday evening which has since sparked some debate to whether Rooney is truly an England all-time great.

The Manchester United forward then rounded off a great week by scoring twice in the friendly against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night where England eventually ran out 3-1 winners, taking his goal tally to 46 in 101 appearances.

My view is that Rooney has to be considered an England great, and if I was to pick an all-time England XI Rooney would definitely be included.

I would choose Rooney over the likes of Jimmy Greaves, Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer among others because of the amount of caps Rooney has and goals he has in comparison and also the fact that I have never seen some of the acclaimed ‘greats’ play.

Rooney is the youngest England player to hit 100 caps and still shows desire to play in every game he is included in.

Rooney is also moving forward with his club as well as country, being handed the armband earlier in the year by United manager Louis Van Gaal, backing up his seemingly great enthusiasm and desire to play the game of football.

Over recent years the pull of international football seems to be less for players in the big leagues, especially when international friendlies come around because of the less important tag the ‘friendly’ carries.

Recently some players have dropped out of their international squads and have stated that it is due to ‘fatigue’, which shows players maybe less interested in racking up international caps than in the past.

This gives me another reason to admire Rooney as he seems to juggle the responsibility of being captain of both club and country very well and constantly shows great desire to play for both.

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