The FA did stress prior to the England farewell game of Rooney against the U.S. that many collection points were set up in Wembley, both inside and outside for people. They could easily donate some funds to the Foundation of Wayne Rooney. The ex-England captain kept on insisting that the friendly match on Thursday was more to do with raising funds so as to help the needy, especially the children.
More than 68,000 fans offered a standing ovation to Rooney as he entered as a sub for both his Three Lions cap at the 3-0 victory. The FA does have a license to collect donations from the stadium, but not even a single individual available to collect funds during the match night. The FA chefs also said that they were running short of time to organize collection points or to get hold of volunteers within the stadium.
There should be a specific permit made to gather bucket collections in and outside the stadium 10 days before time. There were some issues to get a permit and FA chiefs said that the agenda to celebrate the playing service of Rooney was in the pipeline for over a year. Well, this leads to questions in peoples mind as to why the Foundation team of Rooney and the FA did not get their act jointly and in time. The fixture of Rooney was confirmed much later and the bucket collections was a not a big hit. The shirts signed by Rooney were put on auctions and this definitely raised a huge amount.