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England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

England manager Gareth Southgate defends giving Wayne Rooney a final cap

Harry Kane has backed Wayne Rooney to captain England when he makes his surprise return to the worldwide fold next week.

The worldwide friendly, set to take place on November 15, has been dubbed The Wayne Rooney Foundation global and some of the proceeds from the game will go towards the Manchester United great's charity.

However, The FA have confirmed that fans will be able to make their own donations to the foundation on match day, though further details are not immediately available.

England's all-time record goalscorer Rooney will come on as a second-half substitute at Wembley but will not captain the side or wear the number 10 shirt.

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"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the global set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

"The players would respect Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

"Callum is a striker we worked with briefly with the Under-21s so we know plenty about him", Southgate said.

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"There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career", Southgate said.

"That's a disappointment. But 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.' And then afterwards we can decide whether playing him was the right thing or wasn't the right thing".

"If I'm a current player, the way former players are treated is very important to me, because you can see what the future holds for you".

"But I can't get too angry and upset if England want to give Rooney a send-off because we've treated our greatest players so badly in the past".

I understand that's caused a lot of debate but it's a small way of appreciating what he's given to his country. I thought the Podolski situation was a super night.

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"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".