Rooney and Wilson named in England squad, but no Rice

Grant SmithNov 09, 2018

Southgate is fully supportive of the FA's decision to give the former captain a tribute game and will introduce him in the second half to win his 120th and final cap, but he has not been involved in the finer details of planning the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

Southgate confirmed Rooney would play as a substitute in the friendly at Wembley but would not captain the side or wear his usual No 10 shirt. I am still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I've picked and the things I want to see but also I've talked a lot to the players about the importance of the shirt, the history and honouring former players.

The Spurs striker said: "He deserves it".

"He deserves it. He was a great captain for us. If he plays, of course he'll be the captain". I think we were all struck by the fact that was a really good way to recognise somebody who had a fantastic career for his country.

The return of record goalscorer Rooney has split opinion, with the 33-year-old set to collect a 120th cap in the November 15 friendly against the USA to honour his Three Lions career.

The FA's controversial decision has prompted accusations that Rooney's farewell call-up is a mere ruse to sell more tickets for the match, while others have suggested that the 33-year-old's involvement could derail the momentum of Southgate's squad ahead of a crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia.

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

"I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne did not want to detract from the team at that time, so now we have the opportunity to pay that tribute. Everyone should get right behind it and it will be a great send-off".

"I understand it. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it", said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford.

Kane has scored 19 times so far in his England career - 34 goals shy of Rooney's current record of 53, but was non-committal on whether he has an eye on surpassing that tally. "We've not been brilliant at that over the years".

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