Harry Kane: Rooney should be England captain on Wembley farewell

Wayne Rooney will be in the England squad to face USA but who will be in yours

Wayne Rooney will be in the England squad to face USA but who will be in yours

The match will be Rooney's 120th appearance for England and a final opportunity to add to the record 53 goals he has amassed so far.

England's decision to recall Wayne Rooney for a friendly clash with the United States has sparked a "circus", says Harry Redknapp, but he is not the first player to be handed an undeserved cap.

But the Football Association made it clear that Wayne Rooney will get the captain's armband and will only make a cameo appearance.

"He deserves it. He was a great captain for us". He was captain when I got into the squad.

Southgate revealed that Rooney did not want to distract the squad ahead of the tournament, and also insisted it was the right decision to call up Rooney to face the United States on November 15. "So if he plays, of course he'll be the captain".

"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)".

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves". It's a great experience to have for the younger players in our team.

Despite not scoring in his last seven England games, Kane himself has already racked up 19 goals in 34 internationals.

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has said that the club "were worried" that Wayne Rooney would move to Real Madrid as the Englishman developed at Old Trafford. We can't do anything about how we've done it in the past, but I know how much it meant to the squad of '66 to come to St George's Park a few months ago and have a dinner when we mentioned the entrance after Sir Alf Ramsey. "He's a threat running in behind defences, so this will be a good opportunity to look at him and try to see how he fits in to what we are trying to do".

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