Rooneys farewell appearance was Southgates decision

first_imgEngland national team head coach Gareth Southgate insists the decision to give Wayne Rooney a farewell appearance for the national team next week against the United States was his decision.Rooney will earn his 120th cap in a match dedicated to the player’s foundation, though the English Football Association have confirmed that they will not be donating any of the gate receipts to the foundation.The FA’s controversial decision has prompted accusations that Rooney’s farewell call-up is a financial one to sell more tickets for the match, while others have suggested that the former Manchester United striker’s involvement could derail the momentum of Southgate’s squad ahead of a crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia.However, the former England U-21 boss is adamant that this is not the case.“I don’t know how the discussions worked but I know that internally I get consulted when there are football decisions to be made,” he said, according to ESPN. Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The football decisions are my decisions.”“There are players who have either been with us who I feel need to play to make sure they feel valued. Or there are young players we want to see from the start — that has to be the start point.”“And then we are able to acknowledge Wayne’s contribution after that. We’ve got to get the part of the game we need. But we are able to facilitate both.”“With England, there are many objectives we are trying to achieve. You can’t achieve them all but we endeavour to achieve as many of them as we can. But there are some players in positions I want to see and I’m excited about.”last_img

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