England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

None of the gate receipts taken from Wayne Rooney's final performance for the England national team will be made available for his foundation, a report in The Times has revealed.

Rooney retired from worldwide duty in August 2017 after 119 caps and a record 53 goals, and his England career is set to be honoured by a final, further cap against the US at Wembley next Thursday with a substitute appearance.

Shortly after the announcement it was also reported that the FA would donate the match funds to the Wayne Rooney Foundation, as well as light up Wembley's arches in gold; the colour used by the charity. "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added. Wayne was there from when I was 20, he helped me right through my England career.

"I understand it. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it", said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present. "Yes of course", Kane said.

"I've not spoken to Gareth too much about how he's going to do it or how long he's going to play but it will be great to see him again and I'm sure he'll be looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

"He was the captain when I first got into the squad".

A 3-2 win in Seville followed a draw in Croatia, meaning England must wait on the result of the meeting between their Group Four rivals before they know what rests on their final Nations League game. "He's a threat running in behind defences, so this will be a good opportunity to look at him and try to see how he fits in to what we are trying to do". You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change; I've played when we've changed the whole team at half-time.

No English player has scored more than Wilson's six Premier League goals so far this season.