Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Giggs Backs Rooney England Recall

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Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 22:44

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.

Gareth Southgate defended the decision to honour Wayne Rooney by fielding England's top worldwide goalscorer in a friendly against the U.S. at Wembley next week.

The match will be the called the "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" and it will be in support of his charitable interests.

"I really think it's important that the former players feel part of what we're doing with England".

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.

Wayne Rooney will wear the England jersey one more time, in a farewell friendly against the U.S. at Wembley. This is a chance for not only a great player, but an iconic player and top goalscorer.

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

"I understand it. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it", said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years.

Harry Kane said: "Yes of course".

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Brighton defender Lewis Dunk have been handed call-ups by Southgate for the friendly against the USA and the UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia.

And it's a good opportunity for him to see how he fits into the senior team'. He deserves it. He was a great captain for us. I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but we've talked a lot about the history of the shirt.

Naming a 28-strong squad, Southgate also handed a first call-up to Bournemouth's in-form striker Callum Wilson, a recall to Everton defender Michael Keane, and retained Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.