Wayne Rooney: Everton forward ‘under-appreciated’, says Gary Lineker
Wayne Rooney is “under-appreciated” despite being one of the 10 best British players ever, says former England striker Gary Lineker.
Everton forward Rooney, 31, scored his 200th Premier League goal in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
He is the all-time leading scorer for both England – with 53 – and Manchester United, for whom he scored 253 times in all competitions over 13 years.
“He’s been a great player for English football,” said Lineker.
When asked whether former England captain Rooney was under-appreciated, Match of the Day presenter Lineker said: “He probably is. He’d be [one of Britain’s] top 10 ever – he’s had a marvellous career.”
Lineker added Rooney – overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate for matches against Scotland and Spain in June – has been “unfortunate” to have played most of his national career as the team’s “only world-class player” after the end of the so-called ‘golden generation’.
Rooney made his major tournament debut aged 18 at Euro 2004 in a squad containing Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Ashley Cole.