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

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2018

He is being drafted back into the fold for a fixture which will help to generate funds for his charitable foundation, but Redknapp has questioned the need for him to figure on the field in that game.

Southgate confirmed that Rooney will not wear the No. 10 shirt against the USA, but would not be drawn on whether England's all-time leading goalscorer will wear the captain's armband when he plays.

DC United forward Rooney will make his first global appearance for two years after it was confirmed he would be part of England's squad to face United States at Wembley.

"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. He was a great captain for us.

Southgate revealed that Rooney did not want to distract the squad ahead of the tournament, and also insisted it was the right decision to call up Rooney to face the United States on November 15.

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"I am still able to look to the future in terms of the squad we have picked", insisted Southgate. "So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

He will not be involved in England's final UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia three days later. It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of. He was a fantastic player for England and it's fine by me if we want to celebrate his achievements. "He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves".

"It's a great experience for the younger players in our team".

Despite not scoring in his last seven England games, Kane himself has already racked up 19 goals in 34 internationals.

"I'd have to say I don't think we've been brilliant at [honouring former players] over the years". "But hopefully I can keep fit and healthy and score a few more goals". I know what it meant to Sir Bobby Charlton when he came to St George's and we named the pitch after him a few months ago.

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