Lampard believes Rooney is now ready to put himself alongside Sheva in the pantheon of world stars. Lampard knows both men, has played with and against both of them and he is convinced Wazza is now poised for superstardom too.
The Stamford Bridge ace explained to The Sun: “Sheva is up there as one of the world’s greatest strikers for a generation. He’s a legend, a true superstar.
“But I honestly believe Wayne Rooney’s time is coming and he will be up there too in the years to come.
“They may be totally different as strikers but the one similarity is that they are both great players. Sheva is the complete goal machine.
“He lives to score goals. He mainly plays right up there on the shoulder of the defender and is always looking to break into the box.
“His movement and awareness in the area are top drawer and he’s already shown at the Euros what a deadly finisher he still is.
“Wayne has a different approach to the game. He has ability in bundles and he influences the game in a lot of different areas.
“He can drop deep, break wide and he can cut inside. He is a real asset in helping keep possession. And now he is coming back for us at the perfect time."