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Darren Fletcher: 'Manchester United anxious Wayne Rooney would join Real Madrid'

08 November, 2018, 17:10 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Wayne Rooney is an iconic player says Ryan Giggs

Harry Kane says that Wayne Rooney ought to wear the captain's armband when he makes his farewell appearance for England against the United States at Wembley next Thursday.

But England's most-capped player, Peter Shilton, accused the FA of getting it "completely wrong" by offering Rooney - who retired from worldwide football a year ago - what is effectively a testimonial appearance.

The return of record goalscorer Rooney has split opinion, with the 33-year-old set to collect a 120th cap in the November 15 friendly against the United States to honour his Three Lions career.

"I think it's great".

The game is created to raise funds for charity, to the extent that the game has been titled the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

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FA chiefs have faced accusations they are devaluing worldwide football by recalling Rooney but Kane was in no doubt about having his predecessor as England skipper involved one last time. It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of. Wayne is one the greatest ever players to play for England, the greatest goalscorer to play for England, so why not give him the send-off he deserves? It's a great experience to have for the younger players in our team. "So I think everyone should get right behind it, and it'll be a good send-off".

"He deserves it and was a great captain for us", he said. "There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

Kane says he and his team-mates can not wait to be reunited with Rooney for one last time.

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004, and went on to score 253 times for the Red Devils in all competitions, becoming their all-time record goalscorer before re-joining the Toffees in 2017.

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