Ronaldo admits he would love to face Rooney with Portugal .

Cristiano Ronaldo: Wayne Rooney is huge for England

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney haven't always been the best of friends when it comes to international tournaments. 

Ronaldo was involved in Rooney's infamous sending-off at the 2006 World Cup in a game that eventually saw Portugal go through on penalties, though the superstars have long put the incident behind them. 

Now, Ronaldo is full of praise for his former Manchester United team-mate, reminding England fans of his importance ahead of the Euros.  


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"For me, the character and pride of Rooney is unique - he's still very important for England", he said in The Sunday Mirror.  

Rooney the leader

“I was always convinced that he would be a star for England and, inevitably, captain one day. It’s a perfect role for him after the era of Beckham and Terry."

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Some England fans might need a little more convincing that Rooney can make the difference for the Three Lions in France.

The 30-year-old struggled to make an impact in their final warm-up game at Wembley - incidentally against Portugal, though Ronaldo did not play. 

Nonetheless, England are taking one of their most youthful sides in decades to the tournament, so Ronaldo is maybe right to highlight Rooney's leadership qualities. 

England v Portugal - International Friendly

He is, of course, also the country's record goalscorer after surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's milestone earlier this year. 

Goals galore 

England should score plenty of goals at the tournament, and Ronaldo was also quick to point out the success of two strikers in particular. 

“Both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have scored a lot of goals and had success this year too", he said. 

If England do end up playing Portugal, it's sure to be a much friendlier encounter between Rooney and Ronaldo this time around. The England skipper needs to be at his best, though, if his side are to get that far. 

Who will be England's most important player at Euro 2016? Have your say in the comments. 

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