Gerrard, who will win his 103rd cap, has been talking to Rooney about his future during England’s preparations for this evening’s fixture.
The skipper said: "I’ve been speaking to him — you know how close I am to Wayne. We’ve been speaking as mates and stuff. I just try to gauge what his mood is — he’s certainly looking forward to the game.
"I remember watching DVDs of Gazza and Bobby Robson talking about him always kicking a ball around the hotel and he can’t wait to get on the training ground. Wayne Rooney is exactly the same. That is who I would compare him to."
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