Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Kane happy to honour Rooney in final England farewell

Kane happy to honour Rooney in final England farewell

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.

"We had a good discussion there but we haven't directly discussed this, because there was no need for that", Southgate said.

"We have brought former players back to speak and present shirts".

"I understand people have got different opinions but, from knowing Wayne and what he's done for England, I don't see any problem with it".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years. The fact is it is an opportunity to pay tribute to what he has achieved.

Southgate said he last spoke to Rooney in April, when the DC United striker visited St George's Park as an honorary ambassador for the UEFA Under-17 European Championship, but the two men did not discuss the tribute.

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says that the club "were worried" that Wayne Rooney would move to Real Madrid. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves? I thought the Podolski situation was a super night.

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"Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, and him being with us next week, the focus will be on "actually, let's think about what he did and how well he played, and there's an opportunity here to thank him for that".

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

"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".

"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".

"There seems to be a general feeling that the team from '66 maybe wasn't recognised as might as they much have been, for certain periods".

"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".

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