One-off re­call for Rooney

Nelson Mail - - Sport -

Giv­ing Eng­land’s record scorer Wayne Rooney a farewell ap­pear­ance is coach Gareth South­gate’s at­tempt to bet­ter cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of the na­tion’s foot­ball stars. Rooney, 33, will fea­ture for a 120th Eng­land ap­pear­ance dur­ing next week’s friendly against the United States at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, de­spite re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional duty in Au­gust, 2017. ‘‘Those dis­cus­sions started 12 months ago. We have an op­por­tu­nity with the game at Wem­b­ley to pay trib­ute,’’ South­gate said. ‘‘We have brought for­mer play­ers back to speak and present shirts. I think all the play­ers re­spect Wayne’s con­tri­bu­tion and that he de­serves the best pos­si­ble send-off.’’

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