Gareth Southgate bemoans 'strange country' for Wayne Rooney recall reaction

Virginia Santiago
November 9, 2018

None of the gate receipts taken from Wayne Rooney's final performance for the England national team will be made available for his foundation, a report in The Times has revealed.

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. "There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

"There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career", said the manager, who added Rooney had declined an opportunity to be honoured ahead of the World Cup so as not to take the attention away from those going to Russian Federation.

We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute, " Southgate said.

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"He was a great captain for us. If he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

I don't think we have been brilliant at that over the years. I think we were all struck by the fact that was a really good way to recognise somebody who had a fantastic career for his country.

Southgate also defended the decision to include Rooney, who has not played for England for two years, but will collect his 120th cap against the United States. "Wayne was one of our greatest ever England players".

"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".

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The 33-year-old Rooney, now playing in Major League Soccer with DC United, has not played for England in nearly two years.

"But I can understand why some people might think it makes the game a bit of a circus - and England have got an important game (a crucial Nations League decider against Croatia) three days later".

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.

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"He's a footballer who'll want to play for as long as he can, I know that".

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