'Great player' - Everton star Rooney sends Twitter message to PL midfielder
By Abigail Withey
Everton star Wayne Rooney has congratulated Gareth Barry after he broke Ryan Giggs’ record of the most Premier League appearances.
The 36-year-old midfielder featured in his 366th game in the competition on Monday night during West Bromwich Albion’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Rooney and Barry crossed paths at the Merseyside club over the summer, as the former Manchester United captain joined the club during the recent transfer window while the veteran defensive midfielder decided to make the move to the Baggies in August after three years at Goodison Park.
The Everton striker appeared in awe of the record holder on social media, and wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Congratulations to Gareth Barry on breaking the record for most Premier League appearances. A great achievement by a great player.”
Congratulations to Gareth Barry on breaking the record for most @premierleague appearances. A great achievement by a great player ????
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) September 26, 2017
Rooney faced Barry on a number of occasions as the midfielder achievement the record after appearances with Manchester City, Aston Villa, Everton as well as new club West Brom.
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The former Evertonian made the move to Tony Pulis’ side on a one-year-deal after a total of three years with the Toffees.
His experience and maturity on the pitch was valued in the Everton changing room which ultimately led to the ex-England international often wearing the captain’s armband throughout his three seasons with the club.