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Wayne Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Wayne Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

The three debutants will be given their shirts by Rooney in the dressing room prior to kick-off with the former captain also being asked by Southgate to make a speech to the players.

Rooney's call-up has received a mixed reception, but Southgate added: "Our supporters are well aware of the contribution Wayne has made to England and that he is our record goalscorer, which is an incredible achievement".

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

"Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get".

The 33-year-old, however, admitted that he had been hoping to retire as a United player, but his lack of opportunities under manager, Jose Mourinho forced him to leave United.

A lot of the attention in the build-up to Thursday's friendly has been around the decision to award Wayne Rooney the chance to wave farewell to the worldwide scene, and while England's record-goalscorer will take the armband at some point on the night, it will be Delph who leads his country for the first time.

Right down to the fact Southgate put together a highlights reel of Rooney's record breaking career to show to his squad at St George's Park earlier this week.

"We will give him a guard of honour".

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He said: "It has been disappointing to see him having to defend his inclusion in the game".

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

"Very few people in the world can appreciate what that feels like, it's very different even to run of the mill players like me who played for England".

"The world he had to live and grow up in".

"We are delighted to have him with us". He was at the front and centre of England from the age of 17.

"Maybe if we had those players in this era, when there does seem to be a lot more coaching, a lot more intelligence in terms of how the teams are prepared and set up, I think a lot of coaches, the likes of Guardiola and Klopp coming into the Premier League, are helping a lot of our young players".

We've given you the teams they've managed (including caretaker spells, so long as they took place in the Premier League) and six minutes on the clock.