Kane plans to pass arm­band to Rooney on Eng­land re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Football - By Matt Law FOOT­BALL NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Harry Kane has claimed Wayne Rooney will cap­tain Eng­land dur­ing his in­ter­na­tional send-off against the United States and has re­vealed the idea was that of man­ager Gareth South­gate.

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has in­sisted Rooney will not take the arm­band off Kane for the friendly at Wem­b­ley and will make only a cameo ap­pear­ance. South­gate has also de­cided against giv­ing him his old No10 shirt.

But Eng­land cap­tain Kane has added to the con­fu­sion sur­round­ing the plans for Rooney’s trib­ute by say­ing the 33-year-old will lead the team for how­ever long he plays.

Asked whether he will pass over the arm­band to Rooney, Eng­land cap­tain Kane said: “Yes, of course. He de­serves it. He was a great cap­tain for us. He was the cap­tain when I first got into the squad. If he plays, of course he’ll be the cap­tain.”

Rooney’s re­call, and the way in which the news broke with­out the FA’S knowl­edge, re­sulted in spec­u­la­tion over who first floated the idea.

South­gate has been ac­cused by some crit­ics of be­ing a “yes man” for agree­ing to Rooney’s send-off, but Kane has shed light over how it came about.

Asked if Rooney’s in­clu­sion in the squad, which is for­mally an­nounced on Thurs­day, took him by sur­prise, Kane said: “No. We spoke, me, the gaffer and a cou­ple of play­ers, pre­vi­ously about do­ing some­thing for the play­ers who have amaz­ing mile­stones, amaz­ing in­ter­na­tional ca­reers. I didn’t know it was go­ing to be this game, but I knew it was an idea that Gareth wanted to do. I think it’s great. Wayne was an amaz­ing player for us, one of our great­est-ever play­ers and it’s a shame that his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer kind of just stopped.

“I think the fans will em­brace it, we should all em­brace it and give him the send-off he de­serves.”

Other than ex­plain­ing his rea­sons for re­call­ing Rooney when he names his squad for the US friendly and Uefa Na­tions League game against Croa­tia, South­gate is ex­pected to con­firm that Jadon San­cho has re­tained his place with the se­niors.

The Borus­sia Dort­mund teenager could start for the first time for Eng­land against the United States.

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