John Terry hails Wayne Rooney as England's 'best ever'

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A host of England stars took to social media on Tuesday night to congratulate Wayne Rooney on achieving something that so many before him, such as Gary Lineker and Michael Owen, have failed to do - surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's 49-goal record for England.

It looked as though Rooney would be forced to wait for his momentous goal when England's clash with Switzerland hit the 80th minute, but four minutes later, the 29-year-old was gifted his chance after Raheem Sterling was hauled down in the box.

Rooney converted the resulting penalty with aplomb and in turn scored his 50th goal for England, a truly incredible achievement, which has since provoked renewed national debate about where the Manchester United striker stands amongst the England greats. 


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One ex-captain, however, is in no doubt of Rooney's standing - John Terry.

The former England centre-back and current Chelsea skipper was sacked from the national side following an alleged racial slur on Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match but remains one of England's finest ever defenders.

In commemoration of Rooney's monumental achievement, the 34-year-old took to Instagram to praise the United forward:

A bold statement to say the least given the long list of past England internationals who like Rooney have achieved great - if not greater - things in their own careers, such as Charlton himself, Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Moore, all of whom involved in England's sole World Cup triumph in 1966.

It is still, however, difficult to argue against Rooney's now record and in turn the opinion of seasoned veteran of John Terry, because 50 goals is a benchmark that no one is likely to surpass, especially given that Rooney still potentially has three or four years of international football left in him.

One can't help but feel, though, that a European Championship or World Cup title is still needed for Rooney to truly cement his place alongside Charlton.

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