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Why Southgate gave Rooney one more chance

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England national team coach, Gareth Southgate, named Wayne Rooney among players to represent the Three Lions against against the United States at Wembley.

The match, which is expected to be Rooney’s farewell appearance, will mark the striker’s exit as England’s record scorer. This honor from Southgate has been applauded around the football world, particularly for the love and respect he shows to celebrated soccer stars.

Wayne Rooney contributed to the development of football, not just in England but around the world. The 33-year-old Rooney who led England and Manchester United as captain, will feature for a 120th England appearance during next Thursday’s friendly. He retired 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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