WATFORD, England - England captain Steven Gerrard yesterday dismissed Paul Scholes' claim that his former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney might already be past his best.
Speaking earlier this week, Scholes said Rooney, with whom he played for eight seasons at Old Trafford, might be worn out because he has been playing professionally since the age of 16.
But ahead of England's friendly against Peru at Wembley Stadium today, Liverpool midfielder Gerrard argued that Rooney's performances over the 2013-14 campaign proved the 28-year-old can star at the World Cup.
"For me, I think Paul Scholes is wrong," Gerrard said at the England team hotel in Watford, north of London.
"For me, he's been Manchester United's best player throughout (the season) — in the league and in Europe. I think Wayne Rooney's been in terrific form.
"I can only judge him and have my opinion on him on what I've seen. His performances in the Manchester United team have been really positive."