Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Now though, current England captain has gone off-script and said that he would love to hand over the captain's armband to Wayne Rooney.

If Kane is on the pitch against the U.S. at Wembley when Rooney makes his entrance, he is likely to hand the armband over to the former Manchester United and Everton striker.

"Wayne Rooney finished with England, Gareth Southgate moved on and I don't agree with this at all".

"In terms of the captaincy, the last game he played with me, Jordan Henderson ran over and gave him the armband when he came on".

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.

Talks about Rooney, 33, coming out of worldwide retirement to receive his 120th cap have been ongoing for a year, Southgate confirmed, but the striker did not want his appearance to distract players ahead of the World Cup.

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He is not in contention for the Nations League clash with Croatia three days later.

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

"But also I have talked a lot to the players about the importance of the shirt, the history of the shirt, honouring the former players, and I think all the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

"Everyone should get right behind it and it will be a great send-off".

Kane has scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances and could easily break Rooney's record.

The England boss said the idea was sprung from a similar tribute Germany gave to Lukas Podolski, admitting honouring former players is not an area the FA has been strong in over recent years. "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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