Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs has backed the England return of Wayne Rooney by describing it as an opportunity to recognise an “iconic player”.

The former Manchester United forward will come out of international retirement for the Wembley friendly against the United States on November 15 to make his 120th appearance in an England shirt.

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Giggs famously played until he was 40 as he went on to make a record 963 appearances for United and he feels Rooney will want to play for as long as possible.

He said; “I understand it. It’s a celebration game against America and I’m all for it,” said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford.

“In football, and in sport in general, people are not recognised or recognised too late. This is a chance for not only a great player, but an iconic player and top goalscorer.

“He’s gone ahead of Gary Lineker and Bobby Charlton, over 50 goals. It gives him a chance to thank the fans for all the support, and the fans to thank him for all the work he’s done over the years.

“I’ve worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn’t get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak.

“I understand people have got different opinions but, from knowing Wayne and what he’s done for England, I don’t see any problem with it.”