Peter Shilton has hailed England captain Wayne Rooney as a Three Lions great ahead of his 100th cap.
The Manchester United ace is set to reach his century of international outings against Slovenia, becoming only the ninth player to do so.
He will follow Shilton, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Bobby Moore, Ashley Cole, Bobby Charlton, Frank Lampard and Billy Wright in reaching the milestone.
Despite being close to overhauling Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record at the age of 29, Rooney himself talked down ‘legendary status’ earlier this week due to a lack of silverware.
Many echo the player’s sentiments, but Shilton – who won 125 caps – believes that ‘Wazza’ is one of the all-time greats:
“Anybody that gets 100 caps for their country has got to be a great.” He told talkSPORT.
“Wayne has always been a little genius to me, from when he came on to the scene he has always been a player that could do something different and change a game.
“He can beat people, he can pass it and he can score goals. He is certainly up there with the best.”
Rooney succeeded Steven Gerrard as England captain after the midfielder ended his international career following the 2014 World Cup disappointment.