Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Captain Kane happy to honour Rooney in England farewell

Captain Kane happy to honour Rooney in England farewell

Harry Kane has backed Wayne Rooney to captain England when he makes his surprise return to the global fold 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.

Southgate confirmed Rooney would play as a substitute in the friendly at Wembley but would not captain the side or wear his usual No 10 shirt.

All in all, a roaring success.

Speaking after releasing the squad, Southgate said: "I am still able to look to the future in terms of the squad we have picked".

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

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

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.

During today's squad announcement, Gareth Southgate said that England should show more appreciation for their past stars.

"From my point of view, I am looking forward to seeing him, working with him over the next few days, giving him the send-off I think he deserves, which isn't always possible for players".

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".

Although these plans are bound to come in for criticism, England defender Kyle Walker has defended them: "I think it is good". Now we have the opportunity with a game at Wembley to pay that tribute.

"I understand it's caused a lot of debate and conjecture, but it's a way of appreciating what he's given".

"Wayne Rooney has been the best England player of his generation, and his contribution deserves to be recognised", Hurst told Grosvenor Sport. "I'm completely comfortable with the situation".

"We are a odd 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".

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