Wayne Rooney has confirmed that Newcastle United tried to sign him.

The Manchester United striker says that the bid was made when Sir Bobby Robson was in charge at St James Park.

He may not have signed up at St James Park back then but Wayne Rooney has now added his support to the charity auction named in Sir Bobby Robson’s honour.

The stunning on-line auction will see valuable funds raised for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and other charities.

Wayne Rooney has donated a commemorative England shirt, marking his achievement as the Three Lions’ greatest goalscorer, one of only 50 made.

Wayne Rooney:

“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.”

To for more information and to bid on the Wayne Rooney shirt and all the other lots, go HERE.