Frank Lampard, who will probably be captain next season after “Mr Chelsea” moves to Wastelands, has spoken in full praise of Wayne Rooney today. Lampard, who has played alongside the likes of Gianfranco Zola and Steven Gerrard, reckons Rooney is the best he’s played with.

“Wazza is the best I’ve played with,” said Lampard. “When Wayne exploded on to the England scene at 17 I’d never seen anything like him for his power. His awareness is exceptional – it’s his key strength. Zola is top class as a player and coach. But the football Wayne is producing for England makes him a very special player.”