Southgate defends decision to honour Rooney

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image PA Images

Rooney's return has provoked a fierce debate on social media, with some describing it as a fitting send-off for England's record goalscorer and others saying it cheapens the winning of caps and makes a mockery of global football.

Wayne Rooney has been brought out of worldwide retirement for one more England outing, with Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho and Michael Keane joining him in Gareth Southgate's latest squad.

Despite calling the match "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International", The Times report that The FA will not be passing on a single penny of the gate receipts (takings of around £3million are expected) to the player's eponymous organisation, nor do they plan to donate a fixed lump sum. It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of.

It was also confirmed that the 33-year-old would not wear his usual number 10 shirt and would not captain the side.

Should Wayne Rooney play for England again? "There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

Tottenham striker - and current Three Lions skipper - Kane sees differently, however, and when asked whether Rooney should take the armband against the United States, he said: "Yes, of course".

"The players would respect Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

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He said: "There's still a long way to go but hopefully I can stay fit and healthy and score a few more goals".

He will not be involved in England's final UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia three days later.

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the worldwide set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

"In terms of the captaincy, the last game he played with me, Jordan Henderson ran over and gave him the armband when he came on".

The 33-year-old, who is now on the books of MLS side D.C. United, will only figure against the US at Wembley.

Naming a 28-strong squad, Southgate also handed a first call-up to Bournemouth's in-form striker Callum Wilson, a recall to Everton defender Michael Keane, and retained Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

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