Rooney would have rejected recall if it broke Shilton’s caps record
Wayne Rooney insists he would have rejected England recall if it meant breaking Peter Shilton’s caps record
- Wayne Rooney will make his 120th England appearance as a late substitute
- His farewell has been controversial and many think it devalues the shirt
- Rooney insists he would not have accepted if it meant breaking caps record
- 33-year-old will end international career five caps short of goalkeeper Shilton
Wayne Rooney says he would have rejected the chance to play for England if his controversial return had meant breaking Peter Shilton’s caps record.
England’s all-time leading goalscorer will make his 120th and final international appearance when he comes on as a late substitute against the USA at Wembley on Thursday night.
The 33-year-old will end his international career five caps short of goalkeeper Shilton’s record.
Wayne Rooney insisted he would not have accepted the England cap if it broke the record
The England legend is set to appear off the bench late on in the friendly against the USA
‘If I was in a position where this game was going to take the record off Peter Shilton, I would never have played in it,’ insisted Rooney, who is England’s most-capped outfield player.
‘I would never have done that. But the game isn’t going to affect an outfield player or Peter Shilton in that aspect.’
Although Rooney’s return has been criticised by many, he believes farewell friendlies will become commonplace.
‘As a country, obviously we haven’t done anything like this before,’ he said. ‘It’s the first time. I hope, in 10 or 15 years’ time, we’re here for someone, say Harry Kane, who could possibly go on and get the goalscoring record, and it will be something that happens again.’
Peter Shilton is the current record holder for England caps and boasts 125 to his name
Gareth Southgate urged his players in a team meeting to fully embrace Rooney’s one-off return by tapping into his wealth of experience and knowledge. Rooney also intends to address the squad before the match.
Players will back plans to make Rooney the designated penalty-taker during the minutes he is on the pitch, a clear ploy to ensure the England legend is afforded the best possible send-off.
Southgate has been at pains to ensure his young players understand the magnitude of Rooney’s international career this week, even putting together a statistical analysis of the striker’s contribution in the players’ area at St George’s Park in Burton.
On his address to the squad, Rooney added: ‘Whether it’s to the full group or some of the young players, we’re still working out how to do that.
‘I’m sure that will happen in whatever way we feel is right. But for those players, it’s important they can take what they want (from what I say).’
The striker will be sharing his knowledge with some of the England team this week
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