Gareth Southgate surprised by criticism over Wayne Rooney’s England recall

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the Guardian—• Manager says striker will feature from bench in USA friendly• ‘It’s strange we are spending time justifying giving him tribute’ Gareth Southgate has defended the decision to include Wayne Rooney in the England squad to face USA next Thursday and said the record goalscorer deserves his tribute despite criticism his presence devalues an international cap. Related: Callum Wilson gets first England call-up for USA and Croatia matches Continue reading...

Wayne Rooney tears stop Gareth Southgate’s England dressing-down. • Southgate unhappy with second-half performance• Rooney: ‘It was a special day for me and my family’ Gareth Southgate shelved plans to criticise his players for their second-half performance in victory over USA after Wayne Rooney stole the stage by delivering a tearful post-match speech in the dressing room as he called time on his England career. Southgate had been dissatisfied with aspects of the team’s display after half-time, his thoughts already turning to Sunday’s deciding Nations League...