Monday, 19 November, 2018

Farewell cap for Wayne Rooney doesn't cheapen anything - it's a nice gesture

Wayne Rooney applauds the England fans Wayne Rooney will earn his 120th cap for England against the USA Credit reuters
Edward Snyder | 05 November, 2018, 23:13

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", Rooney said in an FA statement.

Wayne Rooney is set to make his return to England duty in a couple of weeks time.

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has criticised Gareth Southgate's decision to recall Wayne Rooney for a one-off cap against the USA.

England will use the match against the US as preparation for their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on November 18.

"But England play Croatia in the Nations League three days after this United States of America match, so turning it into a testimonial means Gareth's players will not be preparing properly for the important game which follows it", Shearer added. Trying to help others is a particular focus of mine now through my foundation.

Two goal-scoring icons of the modern era enjoyed many happy years together at Old Trafford, with Premier League and Champions League successes savoured while with the Red Devils.




Rooney, 33, who had by that stage lost his regular starting spot at United under Jose Mourinho, was then omitted from a series of squads by manager Southgate before announcing his worldwide retirement in August 2017, having initially targeted this year's World Cup in Russian Federation as his swansong.

"With players like that, you have to be a sponge, you have to think "I am going to get a little bit from that".

Unfortunately, the fairytale ended this week as Rooney missed a penalty in a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to the Columbus Crew.

Despite being for a good cause, and in honour of an all-time England great, Rooney's inclusion in the latest England squad has divided opinion, with some fans wanting the FA to focus on the future rather than looking at the past.

"The connection between the FA and former England players is something that has always been very important to me", Southgate said.

But, more importantly, the fixture is now being billed as the "Wayne Rooney Foundation International" in support of his charitable interests.

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