As if Wayne Rooney's imminent one-night-only return to the England squad wasn't pointless enough to begin with, The FA have confirmed that the upcoming friendly against the United States of America at Wembley will not be a charitable affair after all.
Rooney has not played for his country for nearly two years and Press Association Sport understands he will make a late substitute appearance in a game which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International. Sources close to Rooney have claimed that...
"We had a good discussion there but we haven't directly discussed this, because there was no need for that", Southgate said.
"That's not to say that Wayne does not deserve a tribute but give him a presentation, don't just give caps away, which is wrong and also denies a young player a chance as well".
The England manager said he had been surprised by the negative reaction to Rooney's inclusion but cited the example of Lukas Podolski, who was honoured in a similar fashion by Germany during last year's friendly against Southgate's side.
The FA's controversial decision has prompted accusations that Rooney's farewell call-up is a mere ruse to sell more tickets for the match, while others have suggested that the 33-year-old's involvement could derail the momentum of Southgate's squad ahead of a crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia.
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"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".
"I don't think [he thought he was going to start the game] but I've not spoken with him".
I understand that's caused a lot of debate but it's a small way of appreciating what he's given to his country.
"He's a footballer who'll want to play for as long as he can, I know that. I'm completely comfortable with the situation".
"Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, and him being with us next week, the focus will be on "actually, let's think about what he did and how well he played, and there's an opportunity here to thank him for that". We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.
"In football, and in sport in general, people are not recognised or recognised too late".