By Emma Sanders
Wayne Rooney has hailed Steven Gerrard as one of the greatest players of all time.
The Manchester United captain was involved in a number of famous battles against the Liverpool legend as the two sides lined up on 35 occasions during Gerrard’s career.
But that has not stopped Rooney from paying warm tribute to his former England teammate’s excellence on his personal Twitter account on Friday.
“One of the best I’ve played with, one of the best I’ve played against, one of the best there has ever been,” wrote Rooney.
Gerrard, 36, announced his retirement from football on Thursday morning and since then a number of messages have flooded in from clubs, players and fans around the world.
Rooney also played alongside Gerrard in five major tournaments with England when they were forced to set aside their club rivalries while on international duty.
Gerrard captained the England squad during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and him and Rooney featured in each of the three games in the group stages before they were knocked out unexpectedly early.
One of the most memorable encounters between the two club captains came in March 2015 when Gerrard was sent off just 30 seconds after coming on at the start of the second-half as Manchester United went on to win 2-1 against 10 men.
Prior to Rooney’s move to Manchester United, the striker broke through the youth ranks at Everton and became a club star at the age of 16 – the first time he became a Liverpool rival.
In other Liverpool news, the signing of this young goalkeeper has come under investigation.