Harry Kane: Rooney should be England captain on Wembley farewell

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image PA Images

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image PA Images

"Those discussions started over 12 months ago; I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne didn't want to detract from the team at that time, which everyone respected", said Southgate.

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

"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".

I understand that has caused debate but for me it is a small way of appreciating what he has given to his country. Over a period I've tried to approach things differently, and some of those decisions are a bit risky; some have paid off, some won't.

Ryan Giggs has backed the shock England return of former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney by applauding it as an opportunity to recognise an "iconic player". I thought the Podolski situation was a super night.

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However, as well as the news on charity funding, it is known that Rooney will not captain the side nor wear the number 10 shirt. "To actually give him a game in what is a proper England worldwide is completely wrong, in my opinion". "That would depend on the circumstances and who's out there, but I've no issue with that at all".

"If anybody deserves one more cap, it is somebody who had 119, more than somebody that has had one or a handful", said Southgate.

In terms of the value of caps, it is very hard to be precise on that.

"That lineage and heritage of the shirt and the team is important to me because I think whether you join a club or (play for) your country you need to know the history of that shirt and the importance of it - then you are not playing for the name on the back but for the crest on the front". He was the captain when I first got into the squad.

"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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