Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Rooney should wear armband against United States of America, says England captain Kane

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Cary Erickson | 08 November, 2018, 17:11

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has received his first senior global call-up for England's games against the United States and Croatia.

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.

"He was the captain when I first got into the squad". Wayne is one the greatest ever players to play for England, the greatest goalscorer to play for England, so why not give him the send-off he deserves?

Fit again Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard return, in place of Mason Mount and James Maddison - who are carrying injuries.

Either way, Kane is happy for Rooney to skipper the team if manager Gareth Southgate so decides.

"I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but we've talked a lot about the history of the shirt", he said.

"But I can understand why some people might think it makes the game a bit of a circus - and England have got an important game three days later (against Croatia in the Nations League)".

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Wilson, who has scored six Premier League goals so far this season, is rewarded with a maiden call-up to the senior ranks.

"He's a threat in terms of running in behind defences", said Southgate. We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.

The English meedja have been busy wringing their hands over the whole event, with numerous country's Top Football Writers decrying Her Majesty's Southgate's decision to dole out an easy cap, a move supposedly at odds with England's new era.

"The value of caps is very hard to be precise on", said Southgate.

"It's a great experience for the younger players in our team".

"We're a unusual country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we like, and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we're justifying including him".

England captain Harry Kane wants Wayne Rooney to be given a fitting farewell when the forward represents his country for the final time next week.