Callum Wilson gets first England call-up for United States of America and Croatia matches

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image PA Images

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image PA Images

It was announced by the FA on Monday that DC United captain Rooney would return to Wembley next month for his 120th and final England appearance against the United States.

But the Football Association made it clear that Wayne Rooney will get the captain's armband and will only make a cameo appearance.

"Wayne Rooney has been the best England player of his generation, and his contribution deserves to be recognised", Hurst told Grosvenor Sport. "So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain". I'm still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but also I've spoken a lot to the players about the shirt, the history of the short, honouring former players.

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 United States to honour his Three Lions career.

"He was a great captain for us".

"It's a really good thing that everyone should be a part of".

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"Having said that, we've given caps to people who haven't earned them in the past - I'm not going to name names - and you do wonder how on earth they got them".

He is not in contention for the Nations League clash with Croatia three days later.

The 33-year-old, who is now on the books of MLS side D.C. United, will only figure against the US at Wembley. It's a great experience to have for the younger players in our team. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

By the same number of games, Rooney has managed just 11 and the question now is whether the Tottenham player can go on to wrestle top spot off the Manchester United legend. This fixture is an opportunity to learn about some new players; we then have the game with Croatia which is important to us and I want to protect that squad as much as possible in the first game.

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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