David Beckham has defended Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in the wake of criticism from former teammate Paul Scholes.

Scholes claimed Rooney is past his best and questioned if manager Roy Hodgson has the guts to drop him.

But Beckham, who saw England draw with Honduras here, said: "I'd always back 'Wazza' because he's a great talent and he's a great player for England. Every time he's stepped out in an England shirt, he always gives 110 per cent. Scholesy is a person that knows Wayne as well and has been around him for quite a few years and everyone is entitled to their opinion but not everyone is going to agree with it.

"In the games I've seen him play for United, he's been the shining light. But Scholesy's been around him more than I have."

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