Rooney and Wilson named in England squad, but no Rice

Wayne Rooney is an iconic player says Ryan Giggs

He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

England play the USA on November 15 before hosting Croatia in the Nations League the following Sunday, with both games live on Sky Sports.

World Cup runners-up Croatia are in last place in League A Group 4, having played a game less than group leaders Spain and England.

"I understand it's caused a lot of debate and conjecture, but it's a way of appreciating what he's given". Over a period I've tried to approach things differently, and some of those decisions are a bit risky; some have paid off, some won't.

Southgate confirmed Rooney would play as a substitute in the friendly at Wembley but would not captain the side or wear his usual No 10 shirt.

Wayne Rooney will wear the England jersey one more time, in a farewell friendly against the United States of America at Wembley. 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.

"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". "That would depend on the circumstances and who's out there, but I've no issue with that at all".

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During today's squad announcement, Gareth Southgate said that England should show more appreciation for their past stars.

In terms of the value of caps, it is very hard to be precise on that.

He said: "I like Wayne, I get on well with him and his record speaks for itself".

"He's a footballer who'll want to play for as long as he can, I know that".

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the worldwide set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

"I think it should be appropriate that people are not heading for the tubes before he comes on, and also we have got out of the game what we wanted and not take someone off too early".

"Part of being a footballer is showing the resilience that would be commonplace among the squad, coming back form setbacks whether that's through rejection or injury", said Southgate.

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