Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

Wayne Rooney will be in the England squad to face USA but who will be in yours Wayne Rooney will be in the England squad to face USA but who will be in yours
Tamara Craig | 09 November, 2018, 02:52

The worldwide friendly, set to take place on November 15, has been dubbed The Wayne Rooney Foundation global and some of the proceeds from the game will go towards the Manchester United great's charity.

As soon as the announcement of Rooney's return to the squad was announced a number of fans were curious whether he will get to wear the captain's armband. I am still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I've picked and the things I want to see but also I've talked a lot to the players about the importance of the shirt, the history and honouring former players.

Wales head coach Ryan Giggs has backed Wayne Rooney's "one-off" return to the England team, saying it is a chance to play tribute to an "iconic player".

Naming a 28-strong squad, Southgate also handed a first call-up to Bournemouth's in-form striker Callum Wilson, a recall to Everton defender Michael Keane, and retained Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

"There are players who have either been with us who I feel need to play to make sure they feel valued. If he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, retired from global football in August 2017.

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The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and giving him the send-off he deserves, which isn't always possible".

"I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne did not want to detract from the team at that time, so now we have the opportunity to pay that tribute. So I think everyone should get right behind it, and it'll be a good send-off".

Kane has scored 19 times so far in his England career - 34 goals shy of Rooney's current record of 53, but was non-committal on whether he has an eye on surpassing that tally.

"Having said that, we've given caps to people who haven't earned them in the past - I'm not going to name names - and you do wonder how on earth they got them". We're talking about the record England cap-holder for an outfield player, the national side's record goal scorer and someone who has been a fantastic servant for club and country throughout his career.

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