Vinnie Jones gives his honest opinion about England bringing back Wayne Rooney

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The Football Association’s decision to allow Wayne Rooney one final appearance for the England national team has sparked plenty of debate among fans.

Rooney, who announced his international retirement back in August 2017, will play one final match for the Three Lions against the United States later this month.

The match will be called ’The Wayne Rooney Foundational international’ and the Wembley Arch will be lit up in the gold colours of Rooney’s charity.

Some people believe it makes a mockery of the fixture and cheapens the England shirt.

The likes of Peter Shilton, Ray Parlour and Alan Shearer have all come out and criticised the idea, even though they respect everything Rooney has done for English football.

However, Vinnie Jones - the former football hard man-turned-Hollywood actor - believes people should stop complaining about the decision to let Rooney come out of international retirement to earn his 120th cap.

“I’m a fan of Rooney,” the one-time Wales international told talkSPORT. “He’s doing it for his foundation and I just think if he comes on for 20 or 15 minutes at the end, who cares? He’s raising a lot of money for charity.

“He’s been fantastic for England and I think he deserves those 120 caps, so I’m all for it.

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“There would be hardly anyone there at the game if they hadn’t done this.

“So I’m a fan of it and I think everybody’s getting their knickers in a twist for no reason.”

You’ve got to admit, Rooney’s presence will boost the attendance at Wembley for what would otherwise be a meaningless friendly. It certainly makes the fixture more intriguing.

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“I mean, come on lads, Rooney has done a lot for English football, he’s been a legend in his own right, coming in at 16,” Jones added.

“If he comes on for 20 minutes he puts big money on the gate, it goes to the foundation, fair play to him.

“In America, in basketball and baseball, they do this thing all the time and raise millions of dollars, so I think everyone should calm down.”

Whisper it quietly, but Jones might well be spot on this time.

Rooney is England’s all-time leading goalscorer - a magnificent individual achievement - and he’s coming back one final time to help raise money for an excellent cause while saying a goodbye to English football fans at the same time.

Furthermore, it could be argued that the ex-Manchester United star actually deserves a place in the England squad on current form.

The 33-year-old scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for D.C. United after joining the Major League Soccer side in June.

He dragged them off the foot of the Eastern Conference to the MLS play-offs, producing some stunning moments in the process.


You wouldn’t bet against him adding to his 53 England goals on November 15.

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