Wales head coach Ryan Giggs has backed Wayne Rooney’s ‘one-off’ return to the England team, saying it is a chance to play tribute to an “iconic player”.
Despite having not played for the England in almost two years, Wayne Rooney will come out of international 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.
Rooney, 33,has impressed in the USA with MLS side DC United, though the decision to allow his return has sparked fierce debate across the media.
Giggs, who played with Rooney for a decade at Manchester United, commented: “I understand it. It’s a celebration game against America and I’m all for it.
“In football, and in sport in general, people are not recognised or recognised too late. This is a chance for not only a great player, but an iconic player and top goalscorer.
“He’s gone ahead of Gary Lineker and Bobby Charlton, over 50 goals. It gives him a chance to thank the fans for all the support, and the fans to thank him for all the work he’s done over the years.
“I’ve worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn’t get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak.
“I understand people have got different opinions but, from knowing Wayne and what he’s done for England, I don’t see any problem with it.”