Gareth Southgate bemoans 'strange country' for Wayne Rooney recall reaction

09 November, 2018, 02:52 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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I don't think we have been brilliant at that over the years.

"We talk to them a lot about that they have the shirt now but it is not their shirt, great players have worn it before them and great players will wear it after them", Southgate added. "Wayne was one of our greatest ever England players".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years.

"We're a odd country in that we bemoan the fact that 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're spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute".

Rooney, 33, has impressed in the US with MLS side DC United, though the decision to allow his return has sparked fierce debate across the media.

And Kane said he would have no problems handing over the captain's armband to Rooney should the former skipper come off the bench. Now we have the opportunity with a game at Wembley to pay that tribute.


"I'm looking forward to working with him and giving him the send-off he deserves, which isn't always possible". I don't think Wayne has been involved in all those discussions and I don't need to be involved in all those discussions, frankly. We're talking about the record England cap-holder for an outfield player, the national side's record goal scorer and someone who has been a fantastic servant for club and country throughout his career.

England manager Gareth Southgate says the team hasn't been great at recognising its veterans, something he hopes to change.

"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".

"I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, " Southgate said.

"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".

"Part of being a footballer is showing the resilience that would be commonplace among the squad, coming back form setbacks whether that's through rejection or injury", said Southgate.

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