Jose Mourinho hails Wayne Rooney as England's best player

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed Wayne Rooney as England's best player ahead of Euro 2016.

In fact, the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has insisted that Rooney has been the Three Lions' standout player over the past decade. 

Manchester United confirmed on Wednesday that they have handed the striker a testimonial match against Everton at Old Trafford on August 3. 


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Rooney, 30, departed Goodison Park back in 2004 and has gone on to become a leading player for United. 

And it's safe to say that his new manager at the Theatre of Dreams appreciates his captain. 

Mourinho hails Rooney 

Mourinho has hailed the United star, stating: "Wayne is and has been England's best player for over a decade and this game will be a fitting tribute to everything he has achieved.

"I'm looking forward to what will be a very special night for us both. I'm sure the fans will make this a memorable occasion and help Wayne to raise a lot of money to help support vulnerable children."

Rooney has his say 

Rooney, who is England's all-time top scorer, is closing in on the same landmark at Old Trafford - he's currently just five strikes behind legendary forward Sir Bobby Charlton.

Speaking about his upcoming testimonial, Rooney told the club's official website: "For me, there could not be a more special testimonial match. Manchester United and Everton are the only clubs I have played for as a professional footballer. I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.

"I owe United and Everton everything for giving me my footballing opportunities. Through The Wayne Rooney Foundation I want to put something back and, at the same time, say a heartfelt thanks to everyone at these great clubs who ever helped me in my career.

"Everton and United, along with my family, gave me the support and opportunity to help me achieve my goals and dreams. Having a young family of my own makes me realise it’s vital that every child gets the opportunity to grow up surrounded by love and support to give them a chance of fulfilling their potential.

"I hope The Wayne Rooney Foundation and its charity partners can improve and inspire the lives of children disadvantaged by family breakdown, abuse, health issues or lack of educational opportunities."

Social media reaction 

It's safe to say, though, that fans on social media don't quite agree with Mourinho's comments on Rooney.

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