Rooney to wear 10 shirt, captain's armband in England farewell

Tanya Simon
November 15, 2018

The team reaching the semi-final of a major tournament - something no side containing Rooney was able to do, but the first side he didn't play in since 2002 could - is a bigger and more meaningful achievement than an individual goalscoring record.

A lot of the attention in the build-up to Thursday's friendly has been around the decision to award Wayne Rooney the chance to wave farewell to the global scene, and while England's record-goalscorer will take the armband at some point on the night, it will be Delph who leads his country for the first time.

"Fabian is captain tomorrow night, and the players are keen that Wayne wears the No. 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute", manager Gareth Southgate said.

"Fabian is captaining his country for the first time and it is brilliant reward for him".

Manchester City's Fabian Delph will captain England against the United States but will give the armband to Rooney when he enters.

"The hardest thing in football is to cross the white line when you are the person who is expected to deliver, very different from run of the mill players like me".

'You don't give the England captaincy to someone unless they really have the attributes you think can carry it and he has those outstanding attributes.

"But just tactically they knew what they were doing, they knew their jobs and knew everything, and I think we were just one step behind with that".

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Woodward also said United have the "financial strength" to get back to contending for the biggest trophies at home and overseas.

Southgate revealed: "Wayne will come on with the No 10, there won't be a No 10 to start".

"The fans give me a great reception every time I go back and when I went back with Everton".

Six years ago, while playing on the gnarled battlefields of non-league, Callum Wilson made a pledge that he would play for England at Wembley.

Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old.

"It is going to be a huge night for Wayne and we want to make it special for him", Delph said.

"It's important for all of us as a group that he gets a good send-off". I've always been injured when Bournemouth have played Spurs there as well.

After switching between midfield and attack under Louis van Gaal, David Moyes and the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, Mourinho vouched to play Rooney as a striker upon taking charge of the club.

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