Rooney's England return is 'completely wrong', blasts Shilton

Florence Fletcher
November 9, 2018

Rooney will earn his 120th cap as a second-half substitute at Wembley in a match dedicated to the player's foundation, though the Football Association have confirmed that they will not be donating any of the gate receipts to the cause. "We have to balance with the under-21s as they have got a competition next summer and the more we move them up the less enthusiastic they are about moving back down, at times, so the players we have moved up we wanted to look at".

If Kane is on the pitch against the USA at Wembley when Rooney makes his entrance, he is likely to hand the armband over to the former Manchester United and Everton striker.

"Callum is a striker we worked with briefly with the Under-21s so we know plenty about him", Southgate said.

England play the U.S. on November 15 before hosting Croatia in the Nations League the following Sunday, with both games live on Sky Sports. "So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

"I think the team totally respect what he did", Southgate said.

England's record appearance-maker Peter Shilton said caps should not be "given out like gifts", while former Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton said his inclusion "devalued the worldwide cap".

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"I understand people have got different opinions but, from knowing Wayne and what he's done for England, I don't see any problem with it".

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.

"I think it's great", Kane said after his two goals for club Tottenham against PSV kept their Champions League hopes alive. "With this opportunity, it is possible and I am sure the crowd will give him the opportunity he deserves".

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the worldwide set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars. So I think everyone should get right behind it, and it'll be a good send-off".

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances. "But there's some players in positions I want to see and I'm excited about".

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