Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Rooney's return has provoked a fierce debate on social media, with some describing it as a fitting send-off for England's record goalscorer and others saying it cheapens the winning of caps and makes a mockery of worldwide football.

Despite having not played for the England in nearly two years, Wayne Rooney will come out of global retirement to play in a friendly at Wembley against the United States later this month, for what will be his final appearance and will raise money for his new charity.

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. "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added.

"I think all of the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off", Southgate told a news conference after announcing his squad.

If Kane is on the pitch against the U.S. at Wembley when Rooney makes his entrance, he is likely to hand the armband over to the former Manchester United and Everton striker. This is a chance for not only a great player, but an iconic player and top goalscorer.

"He's obviously been involved in scoring or producing assists in a high number of goals this season so it's a good opportunity for us to have a look at him in training and to see how he fits in to what we do and for him to get a feeling of working with the senior team".

Fletcher has said that it became clear quite early that Rooney would go on to become a United great, with the only fear being that the likes of Madrid would attempt to take him from the English giants.

"It's a great experience for the younger players in our team".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years. "We'll see in a few years how close I am".

Callum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth.

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