Captain Kane happy to honour Rooney in final England farewell

Captain Kane happy to honour Rooney in final England farewell

Peter Shilton, the only player with more England caps than Rooney, described the move as "completely wrong", while former striker Alan Shearer said the call reduced the game, a warm-up for a Nations League clash with Croatia, to a "testimonial".

England's all-time record goalscorer Rooney will come on as a second-half substitute at Wembley but will not captain the side or wear the number 10 shirt.

"There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career", said the manager, who added Rooney had declined an opportunity to be honoured ahead of the World Cup so as not to take the attention away from those going to Russian Federation.

"If anybody deserves one more cap, it is somebody who had 119, more than somebody that has had one or a handful", said Southgate.

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England play the United States on November 15 before hosting Croatia in the Nations League the following Sunday, with both games live on Sky Sports. "If he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years.

England's record appearance-maker Peter Shilton said caps should not be "given out like gifts", while former Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton said his inclusion "devalued the worldwide cap".

"It's a shame because you want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player who I think has often been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England", he added. "With this opportunity, it is possible and I am sure the crowd will give him the opportunity he deserves".

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I played in games where we changed the whole team at half-time. I think he's got 12 goals in 20 games, and it looks as if he's really enjoying life in America.

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.

Kane has scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances and could easily break Rooney's record.

"If I'm a current player, the way former players are treated is very important to me, because you can see what the future holds for you".

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