Rooney and Wilson named in England squad, but no Rice

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Rooney retired from global duty in August 2017 after 119 caps and a record 53 goals, and his England career is set to be honoured by a final, further cap against the US at Wembley next Thursday with a substitute appearance.

The match will be the called the "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" and it will be in support of his charitable interests. Sources close to Rooney have claimed that...

"He's a threat in terms of running in behind defences", Southgate said of Wilson. Wayne is one the greatest ever players to play for England, the greatest goalscorer to play for England, so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

The England manager said he had been surprised by the negative reaction to Rooney's inclusion but cited the example of Lukas Podolski, who was honoured in a similar fashion by Germany during last year's friendly against Southgate's side.

"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".

You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change; I've played when we've changed the whole team at half-time.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

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I don't think we have been brilliant at that over the years.

"I understand the debate around that". I don't think Wayne has been involved in all those discussions and I don't need to be involved in all those discussions, frankly.

"Any opportunity for us to honour a player we will hugely respect".

"Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, and him being with us next week, the focus will be on "actually, let's think about what he did and how well he played, and there's an opportunity here to thank him for that".

"We are a unusual country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we'd like and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we are spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute".

"We've brought a lot of former players back in to speak to the squad".

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