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Wayne Rooney: How do other countries say goodbye to legends?

Disappointing to see Rooney having to defend his inclusion – Southgate

So long, goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen, good night. Whatever the language, a great match can bring an emotional response, as Wayne Rooney discovered.

The 33-year-old England striker, 33, will clinch his 120th and final United States title at Wembley on Thursday.

It is a gesture of the Football Federation that has been received by some and questioned by others, but Rooney is not the first to have a glorious goodbye.

From television with the Sneijder family to tears by Diego Maradona, this is how other countries have honored their legends of departure.

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Sneijder received messages from former team mates on television, including Arjen Robben

Are you sitting comfortably?

Perched in a derisory living room in the center of the Johan Cruyff Arena with his family, he saw goodwill messages from his peers – that's how Wesley Sneijder said goodbye to Holland after a 15-year international career.

The midfielder threw 62 minutes of a 2-1 victory over Peru in September before receiving a spot on a couch with his wife and two children to watch pre-recorded messages from former team mates and managers.

The fans wore banners celebrating the 34-year-old, who began his international career in April 2003 and accumulated a national record of 134 internationals, scoring 31 goals along the way.


Lukas Podolski (Germany)

Lukas Podolski was standing applauded when he left after scoring the winner

Lukas Podolski is a man who knows how to get on the bull.

The striker scored his 130th and final appearance for Germany in March 2017 with a spectacular winner in a friendly against England.

The former Bayern Munich and Arsenal player made a presentation, then made a speech that delayed the kick-off for several minutes, while Germany fans revealed a commemorative mosaic.

After scoring his 49th international goal, the 2014 World Cup winner cleared the way before the final whistle, applauded standing up – accompanied by music from the film Gladiator – before being taken on a lap of honor by his teammates.

Thierry Henry (France)

Thierry Henry never got his farewell game but was honored in the field against Brazil

The one that got away.

Thierry Henry suspended his international cleats in 2010, but five years later – after announcing that he would retire from the club – the French newspaper L & # 39; Team launched a campaign to make the former Arsenal striker make Les's last goal Bleus.

Henry's campaign, which played 123 times for France to appear in Brazil in a friendly in March 2015, has recovered, receiving support from players like Zinedine Zidane, Arsene Wenger and Antoine Griezmann.

However, it was not an opinion shared by all, with Raymond Domenech, former coach of France, saying that "playing for the national team should not be a gift".

Instead, France chose to pay homage to Henry, Zidane and Patrick Vieira, 1998 world champion, and Marcel Desailly, who appeared on the field before the friendly.

David Silva (Spain)

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has retired from international football after the World Cup in the summer but will have a final victory for Spain on Sunday.

World Champion and two-time European champion Silva has made 125 games for his country and will be honored at the Gran Canaria Stadium when Spain face Bosnia.

Silva, who was born in Gran Canaria, will kick-start the ceremonial – in fact, apparently.

The 32-year-old will also receive a special Uefa cap, although he will not count as an official international appearance.

Diego Maradona (Argentina)

Fans gathered in front of La Bombonera for hours before the farewell show of Diego Maradona

The biggest farewell, for one of the greatest of all time.

In 2001, seven years after his previous internationalization and four years after retiring from the game, Diego Maradona returned to a final in an Argentine shirt.

At age 41 and a heart attack last year, Maradona's presence at Boca Juniors' Bombonera stadium has teased many of the 50,000 fans – who crowded the streets for hours chanting their name before the game – when the Argentina faced A Rest of the World XI.

Pursued by health and drug problems at the end of his career as a player, Maradona would have lost almost three stones against a team like Carlos Valderrama, René Higuita, Lothar Matthaus, Eric Cantona and Hristo Stoichkov.

The Argentinean federation planned to retire Maradona's legendary shirt 10 after the match but was unable to do so because of FIFA regulations – although that did not spoil the party.

Maradona scored two goals in a 6-3 victory and, 20 minutes from time, ripped off his Argentine shirt to reveal the colors of Boca Juniors and drive the public out of Buenos Aires.

Brazilian legend Pelé and former French captain Michel Platini watched Maradona be taken by players for several farewell laps before giving a farewell emotional address.

"I'm going to take that homage to my grave," he said.

It was an exciting occasion for Argentine legend

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