Wayne Rooney to be England captain during farewell appearance

FILE England striker Wayne Rooney

FILE England striker Wayne Rooney

"The senior players discussed it. Harry came to see me and said: "Look, we don't think it would be right for him to come on wearing a shirt he hasn't worn", said Southgate, who calls Rooney the best England striker he ever played with.

"It doesn't seem right to leave the (David) Beckhams and (Teddy) Sheringhams out of a list, but Gascoigne, Scholes and Rooney were the stand outs".

No stone has been left unturned when it comes to making sure Rooney finally feels appreciated.

Southgate also addressed some of the criticism over the decision to include Rooney in the squad for a farewell appearance.

The former Manchester United and Everton forward initially ended his worldwide career with 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

But the England boss admits even the montage wasn't able to do the DC United star justice.

"The six major tournaments, the moment of his 50th goal, that he's our record goalscorer".

"We remain on track to deliver our record full-year revenue guidance, underpinning our long-term, strategic plan to create sustainable growth across all areas of the club".

"That's a shame. A lot of the rights of the goals are with different people in different places. There is enormous respect in this team for all ex-players, and they want to make it really positive for Wayne and his family".

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"We will give him a guard of honour".

"It's important for all of us as a group that he gets a good send-off".

FABIAN DELPH will become the first former Leeds United player to captain England since James Milner in 2016.

"The world he had to live in and grow up in". He was at the front and centre of England from the age of 17.

Despite featuring 39 times in all competitions in his final season, Rooney revealed in an interview with MUTV that he called it a day at his long-term club after a meeting with Mourinho regarding his playing time.

"You have got time to do TV if that is the way you want to go. It is going to be a huge night for Wayne and it is important we honour him for all of his achievements throughout his career".

"But just tactically they knew what they were doing, they knew their jobs and knew everything, and I think we were just one step behind with that".

"I think that has been clear this week - it has been disappointing to see him nearly have to defend his inclusion in the game but that is where we are", the England boss said.

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