Photo: Liverpool legend hails ‘top player’ Wayne Rooney

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard congratulates Wayne Rooney on 50 goals for England

Steven Gerrard has hailed Wayne Rooney as a “top player” after the Manchester United striker became England’s all-time record goal-scorer on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s total of 49 goals with an 84th-minute penalty in a 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in their latest Euro 2016 qualifier.

England captain Rooney is still short of Gerrard’s tally of 114 appearances for England, which is one shy of David Beckham’s record 115 caps for an outfield player.

And Gerrard, who moved to LA Galaxy after calling time on his Liverpool career this summer, sent a message to the Three Lions skipper.

Gerrard wrote on his Instagram page: “Congratulations to @waynerooney . Incredible achievement ⚽️ top player 👍”

The former Liverpool midfielder stood down as captain and retired from international football after England’s disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign.

England qualified for Euro 2016 thanks to their emphatic 6-0 victory over minnows San Marino last Friday.

MORE: Read the latest Liverpool player tweets

Rooney has scored 50 times in 107 appearances for the English national team since making his debut in 2003.

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