Rooney's England return is 'completely wrong', blasts Shilton

Rooney's England return is 'completely wrong', blasts Shilton

For the uninitiated, two years after retiring from global football, Rooney has been invited to turn out for one last hurrah, an appearance that would increase his cap tally to a nice round 120 - all backed by a near-total absence of public demand.

England captain Harry Kane has given his backing to the honouring of former skipper Wayne Rooney in an worldwide friendly against the United States next week.

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.

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.

"I think all of the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off", Southgate told a news conference after announcing his squad. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

"I'd have to say I don't think we've been brilliant at [honouring former players] over the years".

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

Ryan Giggs has backed the shock England return of former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney by applauding it as an opportunity to recognise an "iconic player".

Fletcher has said that it became clear quite early that Rooney would go on to become a United great, with the only fear being that the likes of Madrid would attempt to take him from the English giants.

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the global set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

"I'm still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I've picked and the things I want to see, but also I've talked a lot to the players in terms of the importance of the shirt, the history of the shirt", he added. "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".

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