Harry Kane: Rooney should be England captain on Wembley farewell

Harry Kane: Rooney should be England captain on Wembley farewell

A man who was heavily linked with the England managerial post at various stages throughout his coaching career told the Daily Star: "I like Wayne, I get on well with him and his record speaks for itself".

"I understand that's caused a lot of debate and conjecture but for me it's a small way of appreciating what he's given to the country".

Rooney is the Three Lions' all-time leading goalscorer and a man assured of his place in English football folklore, but he has been in worldwide retirement for over 12 months.

"There's still a long way to go", said the 25-year-old.

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

As soon as the announcement of Rooney's return to the squad was announced a number of fans were curious whether he will get to wear the captain's armband. "But hopefully I can keep fit and healthy and score a few more goals. We'll see in a few years how close I am".

More news: Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

"We know plenty about him", Southgate said of Wilson. "We have had some discussions about whether we should have squad numbers moving forwards".

"In terms of the captaincy, the last game he played with me, Jordan Henderson ran over and gave him the armband when he came on".

"So I guess that will depend on the circumstances around the game and the players that are on there but I have no issue with that at all".

Having proved himself to be a consistent performer in the Premier League, despite enduring injury struggles, the 26-year-old has been selected by Southgate for the first time - having previously figured for the current boss of the senior side at U21 level.

Rooney will win his 120th cap against the US at Wembley later this month.

Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Fabian Delph are all back in the 28-man group after missing the October fixtures through injury, while Southgate has also chose to take another look at Everton defender Michael Keane.