Friday 21 October 2016

Rooney calls for a 'night of togetherness'

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney wants England and France supporters to come together and show the terrorists who attacked Paris that they will never crush the spirit of the free world.

Four days after terrorists wreaked havoc on the streets of the French capital, France will take on England in a friendly at Wembley.

Extra security measures will be put in place - armed police will patrol the area - and tributes to the victims of the attacks, which claimed 129 lives, will be paid before the match.

A minute's silence will be observed, black armbands will be worn and the Wembley arch will be lit up in the red, white and blue colours of the French tricolor.

The words of La Marseillaise will be put on the big screen if England fans want to sing along.

England captain Rooney, who will present a floral tribute to his opposite number Hugo Lloris before kick-off, believes the match will send an important message out to the terrorists and the rest of the world. "I'm happy the game's on," Rooney said.


"It shows France wants to show these terrorists they're standing strong against them, and we have to support that.

"It will be a great night of togetherness for everyone to see, for the terrorists to see the world will go on and stand against them. It was shocking, sickening," said Rooney, whose thoughts immediately turned to the well-being of his Manchester United team-mates Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played in France's 2-0 win over Germany.

"There were friends there, and it could have happened to them," he said.

"I spoke to my team-mates to see if they were safe. I was hoping nothing serious had happened to them as a friend."

Roy Hodgson has urged England fans to respect their French counterparts.

"We hope the ceremonies will be respected," the England manager said.

"If there's one thing that I truly wish for is that we show the respect I'd expect every single Englishman to show."

English FA is expecting a near-full house at Wembley, which holds 90,000.

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