Rooney comeback ‘makes a complete mockery of football’

Date published: Monday 5th November 2018 10:08

Wayne Rooney’s farewell appearance “makes a complete mockery of international football,” according to former England international Chris Sutton.

The DC United striker is set to come out of international retirement for one last appearance for the Three Lions, which would earn him his 120th cap.

The match against the United States on November 15 will be called the ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation international’ and will raise money for his charity.

However, not everyone agrees it is a good idea with former Blackburn striker Sutton shocked that England boss Gareth Southgate is OK with it.

“I’m tempted to ring up the FA and ask if I can play 10 minutes against the United States so I can win my second England cap,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Mail. “This match is now nothing more than an exhibition.

“Bringing Wayne Rooney out of international retirement for one last farewell appearance makes a complete mockery of international football. If Rooney wants to raise money for his foundation then he would be better served booking Wembley, inviting an all-star XI and holding a charity match.

“Surely this is not the way a great competitor wants to bow out. It’s actually a bit patronising.

“It is surprising that Gareth Southgate has agreed to this. It flies in the face of his intent to build for England’s future.

“This match should be a chance for the manager to see what his promising youngsters can do and further develop his vision ahead of the European Championship in 2020.

“This smacks of a gimmick to drum up interest in a friendly against a side who did not qualify for the World Cup and to sell tickets. If anything, this would convince me not to buy one.”

 

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