Gerrard full of praise for Rooney

England skipper Steven Gerrard hailed the performance and discipline shown by Wayne Rooney in the draw with Montenegro.

Last Updated: 27/03/13 at 15:41 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney heads home against Montenegro.

Wayne Rooney heads home against Montenegro.

England skipper Steven Gerrard hailed the performance and discipline shown by Wayne Rooney in helping secure a vital point from the World Cup qualifier with Montenegro in Podgorica.

Rooney scored for the fourth successive qualifier in the 1-1 draw - the first England player to achieve that feat since David Beckham 10 years ago.

The Manchester United striker had been sent off on his last appearance in the stadium 17 months ago but his behaviour ensured a repeat was never likely to happen.

Gerrard said: "Wayne is a fantastic player and a great goalscorer. If the lads in the team can create the service for Wayne, we know he will score goals.

"He also deserves credit for that goalscoring record. Hopefully he will get more goals and fire us to the World Cup.

"I also thought his behaviour was magnificent. He had been on the agenda in the press all week with people wondering how he was going to behave.

"I thought he handled himself magnificently and got us that important goal."

Rooney's goal was his 35th for his country and he is now only five behind fourth-placed Michael Owen in the all-time list of England goalscorers.

But his header failed to secure victory as Montenegro staged a second half revival to equalise through substitute Dejan Damjanovic and remain two points clear of England.

Gerrard said: "At half-time we were very happy. We were in control and we played very well for 45 minutes.

"Then for some reason we stopped playing after the break and we let Montenegro back into the game.

"We finished the game really strongly but we are disappointed with the 30 minutes in the second half when we let them back into the game.

"We should have taken control. You need to get that second goal at this level otherwise you are inviting them onto you.

"But credit to them, they kept pushing and pushing and we have to hold our hands up and say they deserved an equaliser."

Gerrard added: "There is an element of frustration there but this result is not the end of the world. It is still in our hands.

"We are disappointed with periods of the game but we are also very happy with the first-half performance. If we can get that for 90 minutes, we believe we can still qualify.

"We will have to wait and see how the other teams do in their fixtures but we are more than capable of winning the last four matches."

Gerrard went close to winning the game for England in the closing stages with a volley and a free-kick.

He said: "I caught the volley too well. They are the ones you want to mis-hit because then they usually go in!"


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Roy Hodgson urges English goalkeepers to grab chance to shine

England boss Roy Hodgson has urged goalkeepers across the land to grab their chance to shine to fill his injury gaps.

Mail Box

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

England Handicapped By Natural Pessimism

The England team will never achieve anything unless we all lighten up. Also, last season was simply Joe Hart's 'Frog Chorus', and 80 per cent was a conservative estimate of turds in the Liverpool punchbowl...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company