Gareth Southgate announced earlier this month that Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will return to the National team for a farewell match against the USA on Thursday. This has received a lot of backlash regarding the return of England’s all-time top scorer (53 goals). A lot of ex-players and pundits have not been impressed by the selection suggested it makes having an England cap seem less valuable than it should.
Ex-England left-back Stuart Pearce has come out on Sky sports’ ‘The Debate’ show and he had stated he was totally against the call-up. He said on the debate ”It cheapens an international cap and I don’t think its right.”.
However former England coach Gary Neville suggests that his ex-teammate should get a send-off although is surprised with the timing of the occasion. He told sky sports “I’m surprised it has happened as I thought it was the type of thing that Gareth would not allow over the last 18 months,”. He also though when Rooney was first left out in March 2017 would have been the right time to do the farewell.
Wayne Rooney has had a Phenomenal career in football. Starting his career at Everton aged just 16 years old in 2002. In 2004 he then went on to play for Manchester United for a then record fee for a teenager at £24 million. He then has gone on to win 5 Premier League titles, 3 league cups, an FA cup, a Europa league and a champions league to his name in a trophy-laden spell at United until 2017. He then returned to his boyhood club Everton for a season then moved to the states to play for MLS side D.C United in the summer of 2018.