Wayne Rooney Reveals His Favourite England Goals

Doug Mendoza
November 15, 2018

Rooney came to Wembley on the eve of the match to soak up the surroundings ahead of his final appearance for England, with the team flexing their collective muscle to ensure he got the send-off that he deserves.

The Three Lions' all-time top scorer and most-capped outfield player will come on for his 120th and final global appearance in Thursday's friendly against the United States at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate says the England players wanted Wayne Rooney to have the number 10 shirt against the U.S. as a tribute to the striker.

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (DC United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

England's all-time leading goalscorer will wear the number 10 shirt and replace Fabian Delph as captain when he is introduced from the bench.

"When I first came into the England set-up, Wayne was captain and welcomed me and made me feel at home", Delph said, via The Guardian.

Southgate again defended the decision to award Rooney a farewell at Wembley just three days before a crunch Nations League fixture against Croatia, and claimed it will not affect their preparations.

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Fabian Delph will start the match as the team captain before handing the armband to Rooney, who will wear the No 10 shirt.

Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old. "He's got 119 caps right now and this last cap will make it special for him", Antonio told Omnisport.

Southgate also addressed some of the criticism over the decision to include Rooney in the squad for a farewell appearance.

"I feel he deserves this day and any player who plays for England like him who retires should get a day like that as they have given their global duty to us". "We think it is important to honour him for the achievements he has made throughout his career".

He said: "It has been disappointing to see him having to defend his inclusion in the game. The most important thing is that within the England group we value what he has done and what he has given", he said. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.

"If it doesn't happen, I'll keep working hard".

Other reports by GizPress

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