England legend Shilton unhappy with Rooney recall

Alan Shearer believes the Football Association's decision to recall Wayne Rooney to the England squad has reduced next week's worldwide friendly with the United States to a testimonial.

Former Three Lions captain Rooney last played for England in November 2016 but will make his 120th and final appearance for his country against the United States.

Record goalscorer Rooney will make his 120th and final appearance in England colours, nearly two years to the day from his last worldwide appearance in a 3-0 win over Scotland.

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this".

The match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the striker's charity aiding disadvantaged children, with England manager Gareth Southgate naming the 33-year-old in his squad.

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

The statement added: "Following this FA initiative, the Wembley crowd will now get 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".

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances - the most by any outfield player - prior to announcing his retirement from global football in August 2017.

"That would make more sense than saying: 'Thanks for playing for England, Wayne, here's another game for you'".

Rooney will not be a part of England's squad for a Nations League clash against Croatia at Wembley three days after the United States game.

  • Stacy Allen