Adrian Durham: Why Wayne Rooney deserves a fond farewell at Wembley

first_imgDo you take enough time to smell the roses? I mean really get your nose in there, and inhale the soothing scent, the fresh fragrance of natural beauty of a flower. Try it with freesias and you’ll understand what I mean.Do you take time out to cherish, enjoy and indulge in the things in life that you love? I am a voracious reader. The education and enrichment from all kinds of books fill me with joy. Maybe music does it for you, or films, or walking. But whatever it is, do you spend enough time doing it?Life is too short, and we literally can’t have everything we want – that’s a harsh reality. But we should immerse ourselves, when work and commitments allow – in the things that bring us joy whenever possible. It can’t all be work, work, work. It can’t be all about being in places you don’t want to be, speaking with people you don’t want to speak with, eating things you don’t want to eat, wasting your life doing things you don’t want to do. Deep, eh?It’s all leading up to me explaining why I will be taking time to go to Wembley for an England friendly against the USA this week. revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos I’ve always been an admirer of Wayne Rooney, in the face of the sometimes OTT and inexplicable negativity surrounding him, I’ve stood firm in my support of Wayne. He’s England’s record goalscorer, he’s England’s record outfield appearance maker, and I think a small part of England’s World Cup semi-final appearance is down to Wayne. Not because he set up a goal in England’s qualifying win over Scotland, but more because he was captain at a time of great turmoil. After the disaster against Iceland came the turbulence of Big Sam coming and going, before Gareth Southgate stumbled into the job.The work goes unnoticed, but Wayne, as captain, held the players together during that time, and then showed no bitterness in public after Gareth Southgate decided his England days were over. It was a small contribution to England’s road to Russia, but Wayne helped at a crucial time. No medals or plaudits required, but a tiny nod of acknowledgement.I was there at Stoke when Rooney smashed in a wonderful free kick to break the Manchester United scoring record. I was there at Wembley when Rooney broke the England scoring record and it clearly meant so very much to him – both records did. RANKED Most Read In Football The biggest cheers at Wembley from the authentic England fanbase have always been for Wayne, as they were for David Beckham before him. Tournament-only fans probably don’t realise this. It means that us authentic England fans really want to give Wayne a fond farewell.Sure Wayne had his bad moments, in 119 games they will happen of course. But England fans have been so starved of success, and endured so much pain, I love the idea of using the USA friendly to take a moment to respect a record holder, and celebrate his England career. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Wayne Rooney made history by breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time England goalscoring record in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in 2015 SORRY whoops tense Sure you could give Phil Foden 20 minutes in an England shirt if you wanted. I’d rather he continued his work to truly earn that chance. There is a debate that should now take place about international caps for friendlies. But forget that for a moment, and SAVOUR the moment.Sometimes you have to take time out to just enjoy something. Sometimes you have to MAKE time to do that. That’s exactly what I’ll be doing Thursday night.Thanks for the goals Wayne.Adrian Durham presents talkSPORT’s Drivetime show every weekday. Football opinions, great guests, the latest news, gossip and more, it’s unmissable radio. Listen here from 4pm-7pm. BEST OF latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Adrian Durham will head to Wembley to watch England vs USA on Thursday night scrap LATEST gameday cracker 2 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion last_img read more