Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Darren Fletcher: 'Manchester United anxious Wayne Rooney would join Real Madrid'

Darren Fletcher: 'Manchester United anxious Wayne Rooney would join Real Madrid'

Despite calling the match "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International", The Times report that The FA will not be passing on a single penny of the gate receipts (takings of around £3million are expected) to the player's eponymous organisation, nor do they plan to donate a fixed lump sum.

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.

"I've worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn't get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak".

"Wayne Rooney finished with England, Gareth Southgate moved on and I don't agree with this at all".

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this. If he plays, of course he'll be the captain". "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added.

England's record appearance-maker Peter Shilton said caps should not be "given out like gifts", while former Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton said his inclusion "devalued the global cap". Wayne was there from when I was 20, he helped me right through my England career. "With this opportunity, it is possible and I am sure the crowd will give him the opportunity he deserves".

Or there are young players we want to see from the start - that has to be the start point.

"But I can understand why some people might think it makes the game a bit of a circus - and England have got an important game (a crucial Nations League decider against Croatia) three days later".

I don't think we have been brilliant at that over the years.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

Kane has scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances and could easily break Rooney's record.

"We are a unusual country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we'd like and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we are spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute".

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