England squad: Gareth Southgate reveals why Callum Wilson has earned call up

England squad: Gareth Southgate reveals why Callum Wilson has earned call up

England players should "respect" Wayne Rooney on his worldwide return because they need to know "the history of the shirt", says manager Gareth Southgate.

Southgate is fully supportive of the FA's decision to give the former captain a tribute game and will introduce him in the second half to win his 120th and final cap, but he has not been involved in the finer details of planning the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

Rooney, 33, has impressed in the U.S. with MLS side DC United, though the decision to allow his return has sparked fierce debate across the media. Sources close to Rooney have claimed that...

During today's squad announcement, Gareth Southgate said that England should show more appreciation for their past stars.

"It's a shame because you want it to be a fitting tribute to an outstanding player who I think has often been undervalued in terms of how well he played for England", he added.

Wayne Rooney will wear the England jersey one more time, in a farewell friendly against the U.S. at Wembley.

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

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"There are players who have either been with us who I feel need to play to make sure they feel valued".

Fletcher has said that it became clear quite early that Rooney would go on to become a United great, with the only fear being that the likes of Madrid would attempt to take him from the English giants.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

I understand that has caused debate but for me it is a small way of appreciating what he has given to his country.

World Cup runners-up Croatia are in last place in League A Group 4, having played a game less than group leaders Spain and England. "I'm completely comfortable with the situation".

"As a manager, my involvement was "was I happy for him to play a part in the game" and I think actually, yes".

"In football, and in sport in general, people are not recognised or recognised too late". We're talking about the record England cap-holder for an outfield player, the national side's record goal scorer and someone who has been a fantastic servant for club and country throughout his career.

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