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Man United legend DEMANDS respect for Wayne Rooney’s accomplishment for the England national team

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged supporters to give Wayne Rooney the praise he deserves after becoming the record goalscorer for the England national team.

It has been an historic past few days for the Three Lions captain as he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals with the opener from the penalty spot in the 6-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino in Sarravalle at the weekend.

Then on Tuesday night he converted another spot-kick to register goal number 50 for his country against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium and is now out on his own as the leading scorer in history for the Three Lions.

Many current and former teammates of the 29-year-old have congratulated him on his historic feat with messages on social media, although there are selection of supporters and some in the media who haven’t been as forthcoming with praise [via Standard Sport].

Ferdinand has jumped to the defence of his former teammate with a lengthy post on his official Facebook account and compared Rooney’s goalscoring record at international level to that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, before heaping praise on the Red Devils skipper.

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