Wayne Rooney tribute shows FA learning from "scandalous" handling of Bobby Moore
World Cup hero Bobby Moore was treated ‘scandalously’ by the FA — and that is why they are trying to learn their lesson on Wayne Rooney .
Former Arsenal coach Theo Foley details in his new book how he witnessed 1966 legend Moore being turned away from a bar at Wembley Stadium by a doorman.
Foley, who played for Charlton, Northampton and Republic of Ireland, stepped in to try to help, but Moore was left heartbroken by the incident which came years after captaining England to their greatest ever triumph.
It is one of the reasons why Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate insists it is right to give Rooney a tribute in Thursday’s friendly against the USA as they must learn from their mistakes.
Moore won his last England cap 45 years ago on Wednesday in 1-0 a defeat to Italy, before he tragically passed away in 1993 still broken hearted by his treatment by the FA.
Foley, in his book Theo Give Us A Ball , writes: “Years later, a couple of years before he (Moore) sadly passed away, I saw him at the old Wembley trying to get into the private bar after an England game and some a***hole on the door wouldn’t let him in without a pass.
“‘Can you get me in here, Theo?’ he said, as I walked past. “He had to ask me if I could get him in, the captain of the England World Cup winning side at the home of English football. What a joke.
“I pulled the doorman aside and gave him one hell of a b******ing as Bobby was just too modest to have a go. Ironically, there is now a bar at the New Wembley named after him as well as a restaurant and a statue outside.
“All correct and only right but all too late, unfortunately.
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“Many have said the same but his treatment by the FA was scandalous. Harry Redknapp is 100 per cent right, Bobby should be knighted posthumously.’"
Southgate has told his players to soak up every piece of knowledge from the controversially recalled Rooney.
The England boss addressed the squad at a team meeting at St George’s Park to explain why Rooney is being honoured in the USA friendly. He also insisted the players should use it as a learning experience and urged them to follow record scorer’s example and become Three Lions greats of the future.
Southgate stressed they should ask Rooney questions this week and tap into his knowledge while also maintaining they will respect England players in the future after learning from mistakes in the past.
Jadon Sancho is set for his Wembley debut, with wholesale changes planned against the USA.
The 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward is set for his first England start as Southgate intends to rest big names for the decisive Nations League finale at home to Croatia three days later.
That could mean Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson gets his chance with skipper Harry Kane of Tottenham likely to be kept on the bench.
Southgate has stressed to his players that with the Premier League at its most intense he will need to rest and rotate, and that it will be difficult for anybody to play in both this week’s matches.
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