In this EPL news, the England captain has promised to donate all proceeds from the match to charity. His club, Manchester United, awarded a testimonial to Wayne Rooney for the gesture. The decision was sparked by the fans request to the club management, asking them to honor Rooney’s contribution.
The testimonial match will be played at Old Trafford on 3rd August, with the opponents yet to be decided. The proceeds from the testimonial will go to various children’s charities, through the Wayne Rooney foundation.
“The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope that we can also deliver one or two surprises,” said Rooney.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, Wayne has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.”
Rooney, who celebrated his birthday on October 24, was under the scanner after Manchester United’s goalless draw against Manchester City. The England skipper has only scored 2 goals from 9 appearances this season for the Premiership giants. Though he has netted a hat trick against FC Bruges in the champions league qualifier. Rooney sounded emotional about the charity match.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” the United and England captain said.
“Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.
“The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises,” he said.