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Gerrard: Scholes wrong about Rooney

England captain Steven Gerrard has dismissed Paul Scholes' claim that Wayne Rooney may be past his peak.

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Last week, Scholes wrote in his Paddy Power blog that Manchester United striker Rooney has already entered into decline.

The former midfielder's comments led to a debate over whether Rooney should start for England at the World Cup, with Daniel Sturridge also pushing for a starting role following a fine season for Liverpool.

However, Gerrard has been quoted in a number British newspapers as saying: "Paul Scholes is wrong. Wayne's been Manchester United's best player at home and in Europe.

"He's been in terrific form. What I've seen from his performances in the United team, his form has been really positive.

"He's in a better frame of mind going into this tournament than he's had going into previous tournament, when he's had injuries."

England manager Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, has said he would consider dropping Rooney, following suggestions that the forward's reputation could precede him.

He said: "I'd like to think that, as a manager for a long time, I have the capacity to make the decisions that are necessary.

"Secondly, of course I don't think Wayne's past his best. I've selected him in a 23-man squad that I'm very proud of. I believe in Wayne Rooney. He's still a young man.

"My third point is, if I'm going to have to comment and defend people or challenge opinions, I'm going to be a very busy man at this World Cup.

"Maybe the next one is Franz Beckenbauer or Pele. Who knows? If I'm going to answer every criticism from people worthy of that opinion, I'll be busy."

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