England right to pay tribute to ‘record-breaker’ Wayne Rooney, says Sam Allardyce

first_imgThe decision to bring the 33-year-old out of international retirement and give him one last cap has split opinion, with some saying it cheapens the achievement of playing in a Three Lions shirt.But Big Sam has backed the tribute game, which will also raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, and says as a country we should appreciate our top sporting stars more instead of knocking them down.“I’d let him come back for this game, no problem at all – he’s the record breaker,” Allardyce said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We’re following other countries who have honoured players who have probably achieved less than Wayne has, so I’ve got no problem with it. 2 “I’d have let Rooney come back, no problem!””Other countries honour players who have achieved less!””I think some of the press lads get jealous.”🗣️ Sam Allardyce says the negativity surrounding Rooney’s England return comes as no surprise…[🎥 w/ https://t.co/gCPtsiLjeK] pic.twitter.com/g11XUJEiSS— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 9, 2018 Sam Allardyce is pleased Rooney will receive a fitting send-off after his record-breaking England career Wayne Rooney is presented with the Golden Boot by Sir Bobby Charlton after breaking his England scoring record center_img “I think we should embrace it, but we don’t embrace things like that [as a country].“Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray – we don’t appreciate them and what they have done as champions of their sports.“It’s all jealously, that’s what it’s all about.”Listen to Big Sam’s verdict in full below… Former England manager Sam Allardyce says the Football Association are doing a great thing by giving Wayne Rooney a fitting send-off in one last game for the Three Lions.Rooney, the country’s record goalscorer and most-capped outfield player, will make his 120th and final England appearance in a friendly against the USA on November 15 at Wembley Stadium. 2last_img read more