England and Manchester United Skipper Wayne Rooney has his testimonial details confirmed by the club.
The club will face Rooney’s former club everton FC on august 3 in what will be United’s first home pre season fixture in two years now. The testimonial is confirmed to be Mourinho’s first game in charge at the club.
Rooney wants the game after making his 20 million Pounds move from Goodison Park in 2004 and Mourinho has hailed him as the best player for the England. He said:
“Wayne is and has been England’s best player for over a decade and this game will be a fitting tribute to everything he has achieved. I’m looking forward to what will be a very special night for us both.
“I’m sure the fans will make this s memorable occasion and help Wayne to raise a lot of money to help support vulnerable children.”
The game will mark the beginning of a year of fundraising events by Wayne Rooney Foundation. The foundation wants five million Pounds raised for disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Rooney says he is very excited at the opportunity and even pledged that he would “never play for another Premier League club” effectively killing speculations that he could return to Everton much later.
Some fans and pundits have asked that England manager Roy Hodgson bench the player at the Euros, preferably brining in the forward as substitute, considering his tournament records in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and Euro 2012. Many are excited at the chance at Jamie Vardy pairing up with Harry Kane with Dele Alli playing the number 10 but Hodgson will most likely give Rooney a starting spot.
Rooney overtook Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record for England and is set to break the club’s record of the 1966 World Cup winner in his first season under Mourinho.