Rooney and Wilson named in England squad, but no Rice

Ross Houston
November 8, 2018

The decision to award Rooney such an honour has been met with differing responses from former England internationals.

"I think all of the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off", Southgate told a news conference after announcing his squad.

"I understand that has caused debate but for me it is a small way of appreciating what he has given to his country". Both games will be at Wembley.

FA chiefs have faced accusations they are devaluing worldwide football by recalling Rooney but Kane was in no doubt about having his predecessor as England skipper involved one last time.


"I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, " Southgate said. "But hopefully I can keep fit and healthy and score a few more goals. We'll see in a few years how close I am". It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of.

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 had some discussions about whether we should have squad numbers moving forwards". He deserves it. He was a great captain for us. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it.

The striker has been included in the squad named by Gareth Southgate for the friendly against U.S. and the Nations League match against Croatia.

Callum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth.


Dunk has impressed starting 10 of Brighton's 11 Premier League matches at the heart of a defence that has kept three clean sheets in its last four games.

Rooney will win his 120th cap against the United States of America at Wembley later this month.

Maguire's Leicester team-mate James Maddison is also absent after injuring his knee, while midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard return after missing the last round of internationals.

And Everton defender Michael Keane has been handed an global recall in an extended 28-man squad.


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