While the British Federation criticizes the media for offering 120th and Wayne Rooney's final selection on Saturday against the United States, Gareth Southgate explained the decision.
Gareth Southgate defended the decision to honor Wayne Rooney on Saturday against the United States. At the age of 33, when he left international football in August 2017, the former Mancunian will wear the 120th, and the last triangular jersey is friendly in Wembley.
This decision, adopted by the FA, was criticized by the media. They are convinced that the attacker will play at the expense of young players who will not get to play before facing Croatia in the League of Nations.
"I am perfectly able to judge the future in relation to the team we have chosen, but for a long time I have talked about the importance of the jersey, its history, as well as the opportunity to give tribute to the elderly, the English coach explained. And I think all the players will agree that Wayne will be able to say goodbye to what gave the choice. "
"I understand that this decision has sparked a debate, but for me it is just a small sign of recognition of everything that has given its country," added Southgate, who said that Rooney "It does not start". "When he enters the field for his final selection, Jordan Henderson runs to him for a captain's gang."