Gareth Southgate defends Wayne Rooney call-up after backlash to proposed tribute

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Rooney's return has provoked a fierce debate on social media, with some describing it as a fitting send-off for England's record goalscorer and others saying it cheapens the winning of caps and makes a mockery of global football.

It was announced last week that Rooney would return to the England squad for one final appearance, now named the "Wayne Rooney foundation international", against the USA.

The global friendly, set to take place on November 15, has been dubbed The Wayne Rooney Foundation worldwide and some of the proceeds from the game will go towards the Manchester United great's charity.

"It's a really good thing that everyone should be a part of".

"Wayne Rooney has been the best England player of his generation, and his contribution deserves to be recognised", Hurst told Grosvenor Sport.

Now though, current England captain has gone off-script and said that he would love to hand over the captain's armband to Wayne Rooney.

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

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play, but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

"I understand it. It's a celebration game against America and I'm all for it", said Wales manager Giggs, who spent a decade playing alongside Rooney and also later coached him at Old Trafford. "I think the fans will embrace it, we should all embrace it and give him the send-off he deserves" he added. He was captain when I got into the squad.

Rooney will be included in Gareth Southgate's squad for the United States match but will not be considered for the Nations League meeting with Croatia three days later. You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change; I've played when we've changed the whole team at half-time.

Callum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth. "We'll see in a few years how close I am".

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