Wayne Rooney won’t start for England v USA


"There was a possibility around the Nigeria game [to honour him], but Wayne was adamant he didn't want to detract from the team and their preparations".

"Because it hasn't happened for some wonderful players and wonderful ambassadors for our country in the past, then everybody immediately says, "We didn't do it for Bobby Moore or Bobby Charlton".

Southgate revealed talks over Rooney's involvement have been going on for a year, ever since his global retirement. He deserves it. He was a great captain for us.

"I think it's great". 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.

"As the manager, my involvement was: 'Am I happy for him to play a part in the game?' Yes", Southgate said, according to Sky Sports.

"He has had that but he has got back to a really good level".

Then, to seemingly appease some sections of English fans, the FA have also stated that Rooney, who previously turned down Southgate's opportunity of a recall, will not start nor be wear the captain's armband.

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Rooney's inclusion is a symbolic one but the nod to Wilson is strategic by Southgate as he recognises a player who has scored seven goals in all competitions for upwardly-mobile Bournemouth this season. "I guess that it will depend on the circumstances of the game and the players who are out there but I have no issue with that".

The Wayne Rooney Foundation is not set to receive any of the gate receipts from England's upcoming Wembley friendly against the United States - but will be supported by the Football Association in other ways, Press Association Sport understands.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is earning plenty of plaudits and only Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eden Hazard boast more than the six Premier League goals he has scored this season.

Croatia beat the Three Lions in the World Cup semi-final in July before the sides drew 0-0 in Zagreb last month.

The decision to award Rooney a 120th cap in the November 15 worldwide against the United States, in appreciation of his commitment to the Three Lions, has split opinion.

Keane, who made his senior debut against Germany previous year, is recalled after some impressive form, with Leicester's Harry Maguire injured.

Mason Mount was similarly present without featuring last month but Derby County's on-loan Chelsea midfielder has a foot problem this time around. Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell keep their places in the squad.