England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

Doug Mendoza
November 8, 2018

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

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

However, The FA have confirmed that fans will be able to make their own donations to the foundation on match day, though further details are not immediately available.

All in all, a roaring success.

"It's a really good thing that everyone should be a part of". It's a great experience to have for the younger players in our team. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

Now though, current England captain has gone off-script and said that he would love to hand over the captain's armband to Wayne Rooney.

"But also I have talked a lot to the players about the importance of the shirt, the history of the shirt, honouring the former players, and I think all the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

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"I'd have to say I don't think we've been brilliant at [honouring former players] over the years".

Harry Kane said: "Yes of course".

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've worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn't get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak".

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". "And we'll see in a few years how close I am".

Wilson, who has received his first call, has started the new Premier League season in the form of his life, registering six goals and four assists in 11 appearances to help Bournemouth surge to sixth in the table.

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