Rooney and Wilson named in England squad, but no Rice

Heather Diaz
November 8, 2018

The 26-year-old Bournemouth striker is included after seven Premier League goals this season, while Rooney will earn his 120th cap in a special one-off appearance for England against the United States, following his retirement from worldwide football.

Wayne Rooney heads a squad named by England manager Gareth Southgate for the upcoming games against the United States and Croatia - with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson called up for the first time.

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.

"I really think it's important that the former players feel part of what we're doing with England". This is a chance for not only a great player, but an iconic player and top goalscorer.

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

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says that the club "were worried" that Wayne Rooney would move to Real Madrid.

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"Those discussions started over 12 months ago; I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne didn't want to detract from the team at that time, which everyone respected", said Southgate.

A draw with Croatia followed by a victory over Spain leaves England waiting on the result of the meeting between their League A Group Four rivals before Southgate knows what is at stake in his final Nations League game. "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".

"I've worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn't get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak".

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

"But I can't get too angry and upset if England want to give Rooney a send-off because we've treated our greatest players so badly in the past".

Wilson, who has scored six Premier League goals so far this season, is rewarded with a maiden call-up to the senior ranks.

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