Wayne Rooney should be an England guest not a player as facing USA in testimonial will hit preparation for Croatia clash

IT IS great for Wayne Rooney to have the chance to say goodbye to fans at Wembley.

And using next week’s friendly between England and the USA to raise money for charity is a brilliant idea.

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But I keep hearing managers and players complaining that there is too much football.

And now we are to have a testimonial in mid-November.

Wayne is England’s record goalscorer and had a superb international career.

But it is an honour to play for England — England should not have to honour you.

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Given Wayne retired from international football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest?

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

We have never done that with other players. And the cynic would wonder if the FA are only doing this because they are struggling to sell tickets for the Wembley friendly on Thursday week.

You would think Gareth Southgate would need this match to prepare for the future, but clearly not.

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