Wayne Rooney farewell ticket sales will not go to player's foundation

Wayne Rooney farewell ticket sales will not go to player's foundation

Rooney is to come out of global retirement to make his 120th and final England appearance against the United States at Wembley on November 15.

Rooney has not played for his country for nearly two years and Press Association Sport understands he will make a late substitute appearance in a game which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

Southgate was inspired to give the striker a significant tribute after seeing how Germany honoured Lukas Podolski around a 2017 game against England. Sources close to Rooney have claimed that...

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.

"I'm glad that we'll see him in an England shirt one last time".

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'm looking forward to working with him and giving him the send-off he deserves, which isn't always possible".

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I played in games where we changed the whole team at half-time.

"It's a shame because we want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player who has often, I think, been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England", he said.

"I think there would be numerous examples of people that have earned caps in different circumstances".

"I understand that has caused a lot of debate and conjecture but for me I think it is a small way of appreciating what he has done for his country". "I'm completely comfortable with the situation".

"He's a footballer who'll want to play for as long as he can, I know that. To actually give him a game in what is a proper England worldwide is completely wrong, in my opinion".

"We are a unusual country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we'd like and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we are spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute".

"Part of being a footballer is showing the resilience that would be commonplace among the squad, coming back form setbacks whether that's through rejection or injury", said Southgate.

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