Wayne Rooney to captain England, wear No. 10 shirt against USMNT

Heather Diaz
November 15, 2018

England's all-time men's goals leader came to MLS in July, lifting DC United from the bottom of the table to the playoffs in his first campaign.

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Harry Winks (Tottenham).

Callum Wilson would not compare himself to England captain Harry Kane but feels he can nail down a regular place in the Three Lions squad.

The way his record-breaking worldwide career is being recognised in the Wayne Rooney Foundation global has divided opinion, which Southgate believes highlights the lack of appreciation for the DC United forward.

The 33-year-old, who is set to make his final England appearance against the United States in a friendly worldwide at Wembley on Thursday, is now playing for North American club side DC United in Major League Soccer.

"The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute", Southgate told a news conference on Wednesday.

"Fabian is captaining his country for the first time and it is brilliant reward for him". I really appreciated that.

"You felt like you're here and they are there, sort of thing".

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Now thriving at DC United, Wayne Rooney admits he would have preferred to stay at Manchester United until retiring.

City midfielder Delph confirmed that he would hand the armband over to Rooney when he makes his 120th and final worldwide appearance.

He added: "When I came into the England set-up Wayne was captain, he welcomed me and made me feel at home. As soon as he comes on I will give him the armband back", said the midfielder.

England face Croatia in a Nations League match on Sunday.

"We will give him enough so that it is fitting but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players and making sure our preparation for Sunday is another priority".

"And at that time they needed pace, that's when [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin came into the team and did so well because they needed pace in behind to create space for those types of players".

"It is a very special night for him and I know there are many supporters who want to pay thanks".

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