Giggs backs Rooney playing England friendly as chance to recognise ‘icon’

Rooney will earn his 120th cap as a second-half substitute at Wembley in a match dedicated to the player's foundation, though the Football Association have confirmed that they will not be donating any of the gate receipts to the cause.

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.

"And then we are able to acknowledge Wayne's contribution after that".

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

"If anybody deserves one more cap, it is somebody who had 119, more than somebody that has had one or a handful", said Southgate.

"But I can't get too angry and upset if England want to give Rooney a send-off because we've treated our greatest players so badly in the past".

Rooney was one of 28 players selected Thursday (NZT Friday) by Southgate, but the former captain will not play on November 18 against Croatia in England's final Uefa Nations League game.

Shilton - England's all-time record appearance maker - is furious with the decision to recall Rooney, accusing the FA of "giving away caps".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

"I think it's great", Kane said after his two goals for club Tottenham against PSV kept their Champions League hopes alive.

"It's a shame because you want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player who I think has often been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England", he added.

I played in games where we changed the whole team at half-time.

Although these plans are bound to come in for criticism, England defender Kyle Walker has defended them: "I think it is good".

"I understand it. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it", said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford.

"If I'm a current player, the way former players are treated is very important to me, because you can see what the future holds for you".

Vanessa Coleman

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