PETER CROUCH: Wayne Rooney can earn merit in England

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

What's the problem? I have listened to the criticism from the Football Association and Wayne Rooney all week and I do not understand.

Yes, the fact that Rooney was recalled to the English team for the last time has come as a surprise, but the whole week I heard people say it's a bad idea and I can not understand why it's so resentful has caused.

I am sure that some of you will say that I am just jumping to the defense of an old friend, but the fact that I know him and used to play alongside him for England does not affect my argument.

If I had never kicked a ball to Wayne in my life, I would still support his involvement in Thursday's American game.

This, to point out, is Wayne Rooney. To emphasize a few facts, he is the leading scorer of England – the first man to break the 50-goal barrier – and he also has the record for most goals at Manchester United. He is an icon in the same way as Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton.

We are not talking about someone who has spent his career in the lower divisions and does not have the right to work with the best players in the country.

He has not been retired for 20 years, nor is he unfit. He actually played very well for DC United and shone since he moved to America.

Wayne Rooney played very well for DC United and can still do a good job for England

Wayne Rooney played very well for DC United and can still do a good job for England

Wayne Rooney played very well for DC United and can still do a good job for England

It has been argued that players from previous generations have not received this treatment, but that the world is moving forward. I'm not saying that this should happen all the time, but if Harry Kane violates Wayne's goals, for example, why not a special case should not be rewarded?

Again, I will ask the question: what is the problem?

If this was a man who had no football for a long time, I would be the first to criticize, but there is actually an argument to say that after scoring 12 goals in 20 DC United games in the squadron could be based on merit.

It is, of course, a one-off opportunity to say goodbye, and Wayne deserves it. I'll say it again: nobody has scored more goals for England and that places him in a unique position.

That achievement alone is worth a celebration, but it seems that the vast majority are looking at this situation cynically.

They would do something like that around the world. We all thought it was a great idea from the German FA to send Lukas Podolski in March 2017 (against England) and we will all look to Spain that David Silva celebrates his international career and thinks it is brilliant.

Why is not it the same for Wayne? I have always felt that he has not received the right recognition for someone with his talent. For all those fantastic figures he has collected, I do not believe that it is appreciated what a player he has been.

The first memory I had of him in a shirt from England was his first start against Turkey at the Stadium of Light in April 2003. I watched TV and was blown away by this 17-year-old who had everything; the thing that catches my eye most of the time is that he juggles the ball on the other side of the line and torments defenders.

Rooney, pictured in 2008, makes his 120th performance for England on Thursday night

Rooney, pictured in 2008, makes his 120th performance for England on Thursday night

Rooney, pictured in 2008, makes his 120th performance for England on Thursday night

A few years later I was allowed to play next to him and it was just a pleasure. The talent was even clearer when he did things for you.

I played 22 of my 42 caps with him as my strike partner and the trust he gave you was incredible. One game really sticks in my mind. We played Egypt in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup and he hated opportunities for me. I scored two and had a few more.

We got up well and next to the field and he was someone I could hang out with while I was calling.

Wayne had the ability to do things that amazed you. I was in Stoke's penalty area and tried to defend a free kick one afternoon in January 2017 when he became United's leading goalkeeper; the goal was a killer to give in, but it was a great way to record an amazing achievement and I told him afterwards.

He will never lose the ability to hit a ball with that power and precision, nor will he stop to see a pass. In this way, if he trains with the team in St George's Park early next week, he will not dilute the quality. If there is something, he will bring it to a level.

And you know, I would not even take it against him to score against the USA. If he does, it must be celebrated accordingly.

This is the last time you see Wayne Rooney in a shirt from England. Take the moment to enjoy it.

Former captain Rooney scored 53 goals for his country ... and he could add to that count

Former captain Rooney scored 53 goals for his country ... and he could add to that count

Former captain Rooney scored 53 goals for his country … and he could add to that count

Jose would like to ruin this party

My phone was buzzing late on Wednesday with a message from a friend who supports Manchester United. It simply said: & # 39; Best from the neighborhood since the days of Fergie. & # 39;

It gives you an idea of ​​how good the victory over Juventus was in the Champions League and they should not miss it if they do the Manchester Derby on Sunday.

In many ways, this is the perfect situation for Jose Mourinho to exploit.

If Mourinho has to go somewhere and work out a plan, there are few better managers than he.

The problems for United have come this season, when they had to go to places and submit to the game. Setting up negatively at Etihad Stadium is no problem.

I am still convinced that the biggest threat to putting together an undefeated season will come together from Liverpool on January 3rd, but I would not be surprised if United would miss something.

We all know what City can do to blow away teams – and the way she lost to United on Etihad last season in April last year will still be in its infancy.

However, Mourinho is a master in throwing a blanket over a game and he will be desperate to stifle City once again.

Jose Mourinho scoffed Juventus fans after Manchester United's 2-1 victory on Wednesday-evening

Jose Mourinho scoffed Juventus fans after Manchester United's 2-1 victory on Wednesday-evening

Jose Mourinho scoffed Juventus fans after Manchester United's 2-1 victory on Wednesday-evening

Van der Vaart hangs his magic boots

Another week passes and another of my old teammates has retired.

The last announcement really struck a chord.

Rafael van der Vaart was the man in question. He announced on Monday that it was time for him to hang his boots and as soon as I saw his post on Twitter, I had to tell him that it was a pleasure to play with him. That was it really.

Regular readers will know that a few weeks ago I told a story about the first training of Xherdan Shaqiri in Stoke and Rafa's impact on me was just as fast. The day he signed for Tottenham, he scored a hat-trick in an exhibition game and all his goals came from my knock-downs.

I do not know what it was, but we immediately had a chemistry. Rafa was such a good player that he instinctively knew where I was going to put a ball in front of him and would be right in there. His awareness on the field was great and he had such a skill that he could choose a fool for you everywhere.

Rafael van der Vaart, pictured in 2010, called his professional football career time

Rafael van der Vaart, pictured in 2010, called his professional football career time

Rafael van der Vaart, pictured in 2010, called his professional football career time

We were only allowed to play together for a whole season before I went to Stoke, but at that time we created many opportunities for each other, even more than when I played alongside Jermain Defoe, who was probably my most productive partner.

Tottenham then really had the merits of a special team, with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale also underway, and I know how much Harry Redknapp, our manager, was just enjoying watching what Rafa did on the ball.

He would have been a legend if he had stayed longer.

I played alongside some beautiful preliminaries, such as Fernando Torres at its peak, Jermain, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen, but the relationship I had with Rafa was the most natural.

I hope he enjoys his life outside of football as much as I like playing the game with him.

MY WEEK

Who has drawn my attention – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The more I see Crystal Palace's right back, the more I am convinced that it will become special. He is a top player and I really enjoy looking at him.

The next one for me

We are undefeated in three games and want to extend that to four when we play Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Then, thanks to the international break, we will be able to leave for a few days.

What I've done

Whover was responsible for organizing the teambuilding that we could have made in Stoke this week.

We went karting and the last time I did that with a team of players, I almost ran Xabi Alonso for the final of the Champions League in 2007 for a defeated Rafa Benitez!

There were no accidents this time but my driving behavior was purely average. I certainly did not come on stage.

What I listen to

Pale Waves are the artists of this week. I have seen them a few times and they are getting big. Their album My Mind Makes Noises is very good.

It has been horrible to view the story in Leicester after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

I personally do not know any of their players, but I am friends with Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno of the band Kasabian and they have given me some perspective.

Tom and Serge are huge fans of Leicester and I know that they, like thousands of others, have been to King Power Stadium to show their respect. The emotion of this situation is like nothing that someone who is connected to the club has experienced. I played a number of Liverpool matches around the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

I am not comparing the respective incidents for a minute, but I can tell you how it is when you play and there is another emotional charge around a stadium.

The way in which the Leicester team has behaved over the past two weeks has gone flawlessly and I was glad that they had won at Cardiff last week. They have my total admiration and I have no doubt that on Saturday they will tackle another memorable occasion against Burnley with something other than class.

Tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the death of the owner of Leicester

Tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the death of the owner of Leicester

Tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the death of the owner of Leicester

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