Steven Gerrard: 'Wayne Rooney deserves more respect'

England's Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard chat during a training session at St Georges Park on August 12, 2013
© Getty Images
England "need" skipper Wayne Rooney at Euro 2016 this summer, insists Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and former Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard has laughed off suggestions that Wayne Rooney should not be included in the England squad for Euro 2016.

Calls for the Manchester United skipper to be omitted from Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad have gathered pace in recent weeks due to the performances of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane for the Three Lions and Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Gerrard, however, has blasted critics of the 30-year-old and insisted that England "need" their record goalscorer in France.

"I get those who say Wayne has had a dip in form at Manchester United, he'll be the first to admit that, but he is still a top-class international footballer who can be the match-winner for his country in France," Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Gerrard wrote in The Telegraph.

"We need him there. I also think there is an issue of respect here. For the last 10 years Wayne has been entertaining England fans – he's become our greatest goalscorer – and it was not that long ago there were questions about where the next Rooney was coming from. Well, the real one is still here with plenty to offer.

"When talking about world-class players at our disposal, he has been one of the shining lights for years. Now there are those who'd leave him out. Where is the loyalty to one of the greatest players, not just of our generation, but in English history? Why do so many people want to finish him?"

Rooney, who is currently on the sidelines with a knee problem, has scored 51 times in 109 appearances for England and has 14 in 32 for Man United this season.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on August 22, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Read Next:
Van Gaal: 'Shaw unlikely to play this season'

5Crystal Palace00000000
7Hull City00000000
8Leicester CityLeicester00000000
10Manchester CityMan City00000000
11Manchester UnitedMan Utd00000000
14Stoke CityStoke00000000
16Swansea CitySwansea00000000
17Tottenham HotspurSpurs00000000
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom00000000
20West Ham UnitedWest Ham00000000