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Fabian Delph will start the game against the USA as captain

Fabian Delph will start the game against the USA as captain

Rooney retired from worldwide duty with 53 goals in 119 games for the Three Lions, meaning not only is he England's all time leading goal scorer, but he's his country's second most capped player, behind Peter Shilton, who earned 125 caps during his career.

But Gareth Southgate and his impressive, youthful squad do not deserve to have this foisted on them.

Ahead of the friendly, Rooney revealed he had been given a fantastic reception by the England players and staff after joining up with the squad.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been disappointed by some of the reaction to Wayne Rooney's recall for the friendly against the USA.

Having wondered what might have been if David Moyes could have convinced hin to stay on Merseyside a little longer, Everton now definitively know they are better off without Wayne Rooney.

Fabian Delph is set to captain England, but Rooney will take the armband when he comes on in the second half, wearing the number 10 shirt.

Manchester City's Fabian Delph will captain England against the United States but will give the armband to Rooney when he enters. "Obviously I spoke to the manager (Mourinho) and it didn't look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go".

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"The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute", Southgate told a news conference on Wednesday.

"We're going to be giving him a guard of honour".

"We will give him enough so that it is fitting but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players and making sure our preparation for Sunday is another priority".

"The hardest thing in football is to cross the white line when you are the person who is expected to deliver, very different from run of the mill players like me".

Southgate intends to experiment with Sunday's Nations League encounter against Croatia looming large, with Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Alex McCarthy set to make their debuts. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. "We all felt it was the right time and the right game".

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