Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) – Wayne Rooney will sign for his last appearance on Thursday at an international friendly against the United States and is excited to see what three "young lions" can do in the following seasons under a coach who knows nothing about the fear of Gareth Southgate.
Ronnie, 33, played his twelfth game and the last game two years ago, in the middle of England's qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup finals. Last summer, a young squad reached the semifinals, completing what the Golden Generation can not do in the big tournaments.
When asked why South Gate is different from the five coaches who played under the three lions, Ronnie said, "I do not know why it's fear," because many of the other coaches did not really give the young people the chance to express themselves and make their way to the team and leave the trail.
The Football Association of England decided to call Ronnie for this friendly game, which will be his 120th color in the colors of his country, in honor of the path of the current American player, Everton and Manchester United, who is the best scorer in his history (53 goals) 2017.
Ronnie said he did not regret the decision to retire from the World Cup a year before the 2018 World Cup finals, admits he was surprised by the rapid maturity of young players under the supervision of Southgate and threw themselves as serious contenders for the World Series.
"In the past two years I have seen the talent we have with these young players … I believed that these players, not this World Cup (Russia 2018) but those following, would be good enough to try to win the title.But they proved that I was wrong by getting good results in the World Cup This (2018). "
"Excited to see them in the next tournament"
The Southgate players continued their campaign in the World Cup by defeating Spain in their home in 15 years, beating them 3-2 last month in Seville in the European League.
If Luis Enrique's men will not win by beating Croatia on Thursday, England will have an opportunity to reach the semifinals of the first round of this new continental tournament by beating Croatia on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.
However, the long-term goal remained the success of the European Cup 2020 with an additional incentive of semi-final and final in Wembley.
In a conversation with the media, Roni said: "Me and you (the media) agree that the team is development, improvement, and I am excited to see them in the next tournament."
Aside from honoring Rooney and ending his international career, Southgate will have the opportunity to test some new faces against the United States, such as Bournemouth striker Clom Wilson, who recalls for the first time after his brilliance with his side has scored six goals this season in the league .
Jordon Senz, 18 years old of Borussia Dortmund, is also expected to play his first appearance as a national team coach after his brilliance in the last game where he beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Ronnie himself made his way to the stars at the 18th European Cup 2004, but admitted that he did not enjoy his international career so much that he should enjoy it because of the burden of hopes for him after the continental championship.
"When you are in this situation, you do not want to admit that there is pressure on you to provide the required performance.Now, when I'm away from it, I can claim there is pressure … it makes you try hard and make you very anxious, so you do not enjoy it as you need. Playing the best level for you and the best performance when you enjoy playing and winning. "
"Appreciation of what was given to his country"
Ronnie is sure that this generation can succeed where he failed, winning England's first big title since 1966 if they keep the free wind they showed last summer.
When asked to advise the current team, Ronnie said, "Enjoy, it's a great honor for your career, maybe your best honor, it will not be good at any tournament or game, but as long as you try to keep learning to be careful you are one of the players who can try. Bring a glass to England, which long ago. "
Rooney began his career in England on February 12, 2003 against Australia at age 17 and 111 days, and participated in six major tournaments and was the leader in 22 games. He played last against Scotland in November 2016.
"I've talked a lot to the players about the importance of the (national) shirt, the history of the shirt, the respect of the former players, and I think all players think Wayne's contribution deserves the best parting," said Southgate. From my point of view, this is a very small way to appreciate what was given to him. "