England is a strange country: Southgate

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Gareth Southgate manager of England attends an England press conference to announce the squad for the upcoming international matches at Wembley Stadium on November 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The English national team manager believes the Wayne Rooney call-up is being criticized for not very intelligent reasons

After veteran footballer Wayne Rooney was called up to the England national team squad, many have criticized the move.

And for manager Gareth Southgate, this makes his country a very “strange country.”

“If anybody deserves one more cap, it is somebody who had 119, more than somebody that has had one or a handful,” Southgate told The Standard.

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“He has earned the right to that cap over a period of over 10 years and six major tournaments with England and to be the record goalscorer.”

“I think there would be numerous examples of people that have earned caps in different circumstances,” he added.

“The fact is it is an opportunity to pay tribute to what he has achieved,” he explained.

“We are a strange country in that we bemoan the fact we haven’t achieved as much as we’d like and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we are spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute.”