Captain Kane happy to honour Rooney in England farewell

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

Rooney's return has provoked a fierce debate on social media, with some describing it as a fitting send-off for England's record goalscorer and others saying it cheapens the winning of caps and makes a mockery of global football.

But Rooney will come out of global retirement for the Wembley friendly against the United States on November 15 to make his 120th and final senior appearance in an England shirt.

He will, however, play some part in the upcoming friendly against the United States in a match which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

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".

The 33-year-old Rooney had also been England captain, but in his retirement Southgate's youthful team created a new identity with Harry Kane as its new leader.

"I think it's great".

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"I think it's great", Kane said after his two goals for club Tottenham against PSV kept their Champions League hopes alive.

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 don't know how long he is going to play for next Thursday, but it will be good to see him back out there.

That decision has been criticised in the English media with a number of exciting young prospects needing more game time to be tested at the global level and the United States of America game seen as preparation for what could be a crucial Nations League decider against Croatia four days later.

He said: "I like Wayne, I get on well with him and his record speaks for itself". "He's a threat running in behind defences, so this will be a good opportunity to look at him and try to see how he fits in to what we are trying to do".

"It is probably the send-off he deserves for what he has done for both English football and England".

Callum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth.

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