Rooney pays tribute to England award winner Steven Gerrard

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Wayne Rooney has led the tributes to international teammate Steven Gerrard, after the Liverpool midfielder scooped the England Player of the Year award last night (Sunday).

The 100-cap international joins Rooney and Frank Lampard on a select list of players to have received the honour twice, having first lifted the trophy in 2007.

And, after staring for the Three Lions as captain at the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, Gerrard beat Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole into second and third respectively.

“Congratulations to Steven Gerrard on winning the England player of the year award last night. Well deserved lad,” wrote Rooney on his official Facebook page.

Gerrard was presented with the award – voted for by fans on the Football Association website - during a ceremony which took place at St. George’s Park, Burton. England’s record goalscorer, Sir Bobby Charlton, made the presentation.

And, after collecting the award, the Anfield icon admitted his level of consistency has proved to be the key under new manager Roy Hodgson.

 "It means a lot to me when you look at the quality and standard of players in this squad. For me to be picked out to win an individual award is a bonus and something I'm really delighted with,” said the Reds skipper after collecting the award.

"It's always a proud feeling to play for this team and the manager believing in me and giving me the captaincy was a huge lift for my personal confidence. I think I've shown a level of consistency that maybe I haven't shown in previous years, so it's been a good year."

Both Gerrard and Manchester United striker Rooney are expected to feature for England this week, with Brazil the visitors to Wembley for a prestigious friendly that marks part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.

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