Wayne Rooney joined professional football players past and present to pay tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

April 15th, 2013 marks the 24th anniversary of the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground, when 96 football fans lost their lives during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The match was abandoned after six minutes as Reds fans became crushed in the Leppings Lane end, with an additional 766 people injured during the unforgetable disaster.

It was a moment that shook football, and Rooney – a Merseyside native – echoed the sentiments of many with his tribute to those who lost their lives.

“24 years ago today, 96 football fans went to a match & never came home. Gone but never forgotten. Justice for the 96,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

Other players offered similar tributes on Twitter, with both Robbie Fowler and Dietmar Hamann changing their usernames to JFT96 as the search for justice continues.

“Spare a thought for the 96 who lost their life on this terrible day 24 years ago and the families who lost loved ones. Always remembered,” the former Anfield icon tweeted

Fowler added: “In memory of the 96....YNWA.”

Thousands of Liverpool fans are expected to join relatives of the 96 who lost their lives during a memorial service at Anfield today.

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