Wayne Rooney getting an England cap ‘makes the game a circus’ - Redknapp

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The return of record goalscorer Rooney has split opinion, with the 33-year-old set to collect a 120th cap in the November 15 friendly against the United States to honour his Three Lions career.

Southgate revealed that Rooney did not want to distract the squad ahead of the tournament, and also insisted it was the right decision to call up Rooney to face the United States on November 15.

"But I can understand why some people might think it makes the game a bit of a circus - and England have got an important game (a crucial Nations League decider against Croatia) three days later". We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.

Southgate revealed talks over Rooney's involvement have been going on for a year, ever since his worldwide retirement.

Southgate confirmed that Rooney will not wear the No. 10 shirt against the US, but would not be drawn on whether England's all-time leading goalscorer will wear the captain's armband when he plays.

"He was the captain when I first got into the squad".

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

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this".

"There's still a long way to go but hopefully I can keep fit and healthy and score a few more goals and we'll see in a few years how close I am", Kane said.

"He wouldn't wear the No 10 because he won't start the game", Southgate said. "I guess that will depend on the circumstances of the game and the players that are out there, but I have no issue with that at all".

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

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City's Fabian Delph also return after missing out on the last squad.

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