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As soon as the announcement of Rooney's return to the squad was announced a number of fans were curious whether he will get to wear the captain's armband. "We have to balance with the under-21s as they have got a competition next summer and the more we move them up the less enthusiastic they are about moving back down, at times, so the players we have moved up we wanted to look at".

Wales head coach Ryan Giggs has backed Wayne Rooney's "one-off" return to the England team, saying it is a chance to play tribute to an "iconic player".

"Callum is a striker we worked with briefly with the Under-21s so we know plenty about him", Southgate said.

"But I can't get too angry and upset if England want to give Rooney a send-off because we've treated our greatest players so badly in the past. So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

"He has earned the right to that cap over a period of over 10 years and six major tournaments with England and to be the record goalscorer".

"It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of".




The FA's controversial decision has prompted accusations that Rooney's farewell call-up is a mere ruse to sell more tickets for the match, while others have suggested that the 33-year-old's involvement could derail the momentum of Southgate's squad ahead of a crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and giving him the send-off he deserves, which isn't always possible".

Fletcher has said that it became clear quite early that Rooney would go on to become a United great, with the only fear being that the likes of Madrid would attempt to take him from the English giants.

England manager Gareth Southgate says the team hasn't been great at recognising its veterans, something he hopes to change.

Kane has scored 19 times so far in his England career - 34 goals shy of Rooney's current record of 53, but was non-committal on whether he has an eye on surpassing that tally.

"We are a odd 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".


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