The England manager defended the FA’s decision to give the country’s all-time leading scorer a 120th cap in Thursday’s friendly against the USA.
But asked whose idea it was, Southgate answered: ‘I don’t know how the discussions worked.
Gareth Southgate defended the decision to give Wayne Rooney a 120th cap against the USA
But Southgate made it clear the plan to award Rooney a final farewell was not his idea
‘I’ve not spoken to Wayne since he was an ambassador for the Under 17 finals (in May).
‘We had a good discussion there but we haven’t directly discussed this, because there was no need for that.
‘There’s no particular agenda to me not speaking to him, let’s make that clear.
‘I don’t think Wayne has been involved in all those discussions and I don’t need to be involved in all those discussions, frankly.
‘I always want to be consulted on the football and if I’m happy from that perspective then it’s an opportunity for us to honour a player we hugely respect.’
‘I’ve not spoken to Wayne since he was an ambassador for the Under 17 finals (in May),’ he said