England legend Shilton unhappy with Rooney recall

Hope Soto
November 7, 2018

England legend Peter Shilton has described the Football Association's decision to grant Wayne Rooney a Wembley farewell as "completely wrong".

Rooney, 33, who had by that stage lost his regular starting spot at United under Jose Mourinho, was then omitted from a series of squads by manager Southgate before announcing his worldwide retirement in August 2017, having initially targeted this year's World Cup in Russian Federation as his swansong.

Peter Shilton disagrees with Wayne Rooney's inclusion in the England squad to face United States of America, claiming that it devalues the honour of representing the Three Lions.

While former England striker Shearer is pleased that DC United forward Rooney has the chance to enjoy a Wembley farewell, he thinks the 33-year-old should have been invited as a guest, not a player.

Shilton - England's all-time record appearance maker - is furious with the decision to recall Rooney, accusing the FA of "giving away caps".

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"I was shocked when I read it and I'm still struggling to understand the decision", he told The Mirror.

The FA added the match would give the Wembley crowd the "chance to show their appreciation of one of England's greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships".

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", said Rooney in a statement issued by the FA that billed the game as his "final England appearance". It should be the greatest honour and reward playing for your country but the reality is that the MLS is nowhere near the same level as the Premier League.

The game against the USA - three days before the decisive Nations League clash with Croatia at Wembley - has been designated as a charity fundraiser by the FA.

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