Wayne Rooney earned his England send-off against USA at Wembley… he’s the nation’s top goalscorer and always gave his all for his country
What on earth was so wrong with giving Wayne Rooney a farewell England appearance at Wembley and a bonus international cap?
To listen to the outrage you would have thought he had sold the shirts. Those on the backs of his team, not the tens of thousands which have made fortunes for his country and clubs.
The man is England’s all-time top scorer, for heaven’s sake – at the rations of almost one goal every two of his 120 games. He is Manchester United’s most prolific finisher, too.
Wayne Rooney got his England farewell on Thursday night as he played against the USA
The DC United striker came on shortly before the hour mark as he replaced Jesse Lingard
He relieved Sir Bobby Charlton of both those records but the living legend of Old Trafford was first to congratulate him and was on parade at Wembley to present him with a golden cap.
Yet according to Paul Ince – no less – honouring Rooney at the old Stadium ‘smacked of PR.’ And that was one of the milder objections.
As for the issue of him being given the captain’s armband when he came on for his cameo appearance against the United States – where he is still playing full-time with DC United – Rooney started the vast majority of his England matches and was still on the pitch at the conclusion of most of them, trying his heart out.
Chairman of the Football Association Greg Clarke presents Rooney with his special award
Rooney celebrated his England send-off pre-match with his wife and children on the pitch
That cannot be said of every international player, including some notables who made an England career out of being substitutes… or substituted.
Was it really so hard for us to say, simply, thanks for the memories Mr Rooney?
Man City and Chelsea storm is no English witch hunt
Manchester City and now Chelsea stand accused of cheating. Reportedly four or five more Premier League clubs will find themselves in the dock shortly.
Both deny wrongdoing. City of financial impropriety, Chelsea of breaking the rules regarding the recruitment of youngsters.
If convicted Chelsea face being banned from signing any players for up to two seasons. As would the other clubs yet to be named.
Chelsea could face a transfer ban after an investigation into the signing of Bertrand Traore
This is not a witch hunt of the English, as some are squealing. Paris Saint-Germain are among European giants also under investigation.
Cheating is by no means confined to these shores but there is a growing, un-English tendency to shrug the shoulders and accept it as part of our modern, money-driven sporting scene. How sad.
If the super-wealthy foreign owners of Chelsea and City are complicit in any dodgy deals, they will have tarnished the reputation for fair play and sportsmanship which this country has long held proud.
Richard Scudamore keeps counting the cash
By the way, where have the Premier League hierarchy been hiding while the probity of their clubs is being called into question?
The silence from that high office makes all the more obscene the paying of a £5million kiss-off to retiring chief executive Richard Scudamore under the device of making him a ‘consultant’.
That three-year deal is even more nauseating than the original proposition of a £250,000 per club whip round, since it removes from those who object their right to with-hold their contribution. Perhaps so as to use that money to help the poor in their football community.
Premier League has confirmed that Richard Scudamore will stay on in a consultant capacity
Not that we should be surprised. Scudamore had already been trousering well in excess of a million a year, while food banks are the only banks with which countless supporters of his rich and famous clubs are familiar.
But then his Premier empire as well as his long term in office have been built from inception on money – especially the making of mountains of the folding stuff for the most powerful of his paymasters.
And why did they headhunt his successor and then stuff each other’s faces at his glitzy farewell dinner on Tuesday night if he wasn’t retiring?
The closest the majority of fans could have come to joining the party would have been pressing their noses against the window. But what do they matter? No shock either that the London restaurant they chose is called the German Gymnasium.
Scudamore voted emphatically in favour of remaining in Chancellor Merkel’s Europe, even though Brexit can help produce more world-class talent for the England team by raising the quota of home-grown players given Premier League experience.
Never mind the football, eh Richard, keep counting the cash.
Scudamore will paid £5million over three years from a central pot at the Premier League