"He can be a real weapon in certain games and played really well. The crowd told you that. We know each other's game inside out. He got a great ovation. I am really pleased for him.
"There is strong competition for places but he has played well for England before. I don't think anyone is surprised in the least with his contribution.
"I have played with him for many a year and in some of those games when at Liverpool, he could be unplayable when he was playing well.
"You know what you are going to get. He gives you a different option. When you are struggling, you can dink the ball up to him and he is so big and strong that he can hold people off."