Support is continuing to grow for an online auction honouring former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson.
England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is the latest sports star to back the auction, revealing Sir Bobby tried to sign him for the Magpies.
The online auction – which has attracted 140 items from the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle – is raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and other national and local charities.
It runs until Sunday, November 29.
Rooney revealed that he was a “keen historian” of his country’s footballing history and that he was proud to support the auction by donating a commemorative England shirt marking his achievement as the Three Lions’ greatest goalscorer – one of only 50 made.
The England captain said: “Sir Bobby Robson was a football man to the core and someone who once tried to sign me for Newcastle.
“I only played against his teams on a few occasions. But as the England captain and a keen historian of the England team, I am aware of his impact as manager and as the most successful national team manager since Sir Alf Ramsey.
“I can remember vividly, even though I was only a small boy, the effect he had on the team during the World Cup in Italy 1990 when we came so close to making the final.
“It is a huge honour for me to captain the England national team and a matter of great pride that I have managed to become the country’s current record goalscorer.
“I can think of no cause more relevant than Sir Bobby’s Auction and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to receive one of only 50 special commemorative England shirts to mark the achievement.”
The winning bidder can also have a special dedication written on the shirt by Rooney, who breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year goalscoring record in September.
Rooney’s support of the Sir Bobby Robson Online Auction has seen him team up with his former Manchester United manager with Sir Alex Ferguson donating a rare tribute to his most famous night in football.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who himself described Sir Bobby as an inspiration, has donated an incredible sketchbook drawn by Salford artist Harold Riley chronicling Manchester United’s dramatic comeback to lift the Champions League trophy in 1999.
Speaking on behalf of the Robson family, Mark Robson said: “I know Dad would have loved to have had Wayne Rooney in one of his England teams.
“He adored Paul Gascoigne and his genius skills and Wayne is in that bracket. It is great to hear Italia 90 has inspired a generation, including Wayne’s record-breaking achievements.
“Even after he moved on from the national team, Dad never missed an England game at Wembley and he would have been thrilled to bits to have seen Wayne’s 50th goal.”
To view the auction, register and place your bid, visit www.sirbobbysauction.com