Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rooney's England farewell leads to rush for tickets

Rooney's England farewell leads to rush for tickets

While his form has been good in the MLS, some feel that he's taking the spot of players who are more deserving of a place in the squad.

But Rooney defended his recall for his 120th and final cap by saying: "Everyone is entitled to their opinion, the most important thing is the FA thought it was right and the players we have spoken to agree, and as a country we haven't done this before".

Rooney struck an authoritative tone as he spoke at length to the media, with his only prickly answer in response to a question about his late-night drinking during his last England involvement.

England's record-appearance-maker Peter Shilton said caps should not be "given out like gifts", while former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Rooney's inclusion "devalued the global cap". "We were going to do a game before the World Cup but it was not the right timing", Rooney said.

Asked about scoring on his farewell appearance, he said: "It's not important". Personally I didn't think it was right to get in the way of that.

Special treatment. Rooney is aware of how specially he's being treated.

"I've never been out when people have shouted abuse at me. We both felt it was right now though".

Neither Rooney nor the FA had wished to distract from England's World Cup preparations with a match before now. Rooney holds the England record with 53 goals.

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"He did pick me again, actually - last season", said Rooney, denying that incident had signalled the end to his England career under Southgate.

Committed to D.C. United.

Becomes the youngest player to play for England in February 2003 at 17 years and 111 days in a friendly defeat against Australia.

"No, I think I made the decision to obviously go to the States and I intend to stick with that", he said. There were great memories and I made great friends. "My family are settled there, my children go to school there now and it wouldn't be fair to move them back and forth".

The forward is enjoying making "new memories" Stateside and his commitment to DC United means Thursday's encounter could well be the last time he plays on English soil.

"I will finish my career there".

England´s striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St George´s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, ahead of their global friendly football match against the U.S. on November 15.

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