Southgate defends decision to honour Rooney

08 November, 2018, 22:48 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Wayne Rooney is an iconic player says Ryan Giggs

England captain Harry Kane has given his backing to the honouring of former skipper Wayne Rooney in an global friendly against the United States next week.

But England's most-capped player, Peter Shilton, accused the FA of getting it "completely wrong" by offering Rooney - who retired from global football previous year - what is effectively a testimonial appearance.

Wayne Rooney will wear the England jersey one more time, in a farewell friendly against the United States of America at Wembley.

Kane also thinks the decision to bring Rooney back into the squad is a fitting way to honour England's record goalscorer.

"Those discussions started over 12 months ago; I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne didn't want to detract from the team at that time, which everyone respected", said Southgate. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves? "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added.

But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United, is set to wear the Three Lions shirt one last time at Wembley on November 15.


Harry Kane said: "Yes of course".

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play, but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

A 3-2 win in Seville followed a draw in Croatia, meaning England must wait on the result of the meeting between their Group Four rivals before they know what rests on their final Nations League game.

By the same number of games, Rooney has managed just 11 and the question now is whether the Tottenham player can go on to wrestle top spot off the Manchester United legend.

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.

And it's a good opportunity for him to see how he fits into the senior team'.

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