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

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Rooney is to come out of global retirement to make his 120th and final England appearance against the United States at Wembley on November 15. "There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

"But I can understand why some people might think it makes the game a bit of a circus - and England have got an important game three days later (against Croatia in the Nations League)".

But he said he was relieved to be able to offer Rooney a tribute after dropping the forward from the England squad shortly before the player's retirement from global football. We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.

It was announced by the FA on Monday that DC United captain Rooney would return to Wembley next month for his 120th and final England appearance against the United States. "But hopefully I can keep fit and healthy and score a few more goals".

"It's a really good thing that everyone should be a part of".

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The report also claims that Southgate is pondering whether or not to call Jordan Henderson up, given that he has missed games through injury of late. "I guess that it will depend on the circumstances of the game and the players who are out there but I have no issue with that".

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Brighton defender Lewis Dunk have been handed call-ups by Southgate for the friendly against the USA and the UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia.

Wilson, who has scored six Premier League goals so far this season, is rewarded with a maiden call-up to the senior ranks.

Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Fabian Delph are all back in the 28-man group after missing the October fixtures through injury, while Southgate has also made a decision to take another look at Everton defender Michael Keane.

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