The recently called up midfielder has high praise for the England captain…
Manchester United’s Michael Carrick has praised the achievements of his skipper Wayne Rooney, reports the Telegraph.
The 33-year-old was speaking before the striker is expected to make his one hundredth appearance for England in their match against Slovenia on Saturday.
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Carrick himself has been called up for the first time since March. He will be hoping to make his first appearance for England since playing in the 1-0 win over Denmark in that month.
“He is a pretty special player, has had a pretty special career to play 100 times for England and to be getting closer to the goal record of Sir Bobby (Charlton). It’s a huge achievement. We’ve been lucky in recent years. First we had Becks (David Beckham), then Ashley (Cole), Steven (Gerrard) and Frank (Lampard).
“To have five players do that in such a short space of time shows we have had some special players. Wayne is right at the top of the tree for what he has done throughout his career.”
As well as earning his hundredth international cap, Rooney is also just seven goals from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s international goal scoring record. He is currently on 43 with Charlton’s record standing on 49.
England will be attempting to beat Slovenia on Saturday to continue their so far untroubled qualification process for the 2016 European Championships. They also play Scotland on Tuesday. The match will be the first between the sides since August 2013 when Roy Hodgson’s side won 3-2.