Southgate: England players wanted Rooney to take No10 shirt

Southgate: England players wanted Rooney to take No10 shirt

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

Rooney retired from worldwide duty with 53 goals in 119 games for the Three Lions, meaning not only is he England's all time leading goal scorer, but he's his country's second most capped player, behind Peter Shilton, who earned 125 caps during his career.

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.

'Fabian is captaining his country for the first time and it is brilliant reward for him.

City midfielder Delph confirmed that he would hand the armband over to Rooney when he makes his 120th and final global appearance. He is an outstanding player and outstanding person.

Southgate intends to experiment with Sunday's Nations League encounter against Croatia looming large, with Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Alex McCarthy set to make their debuts.

But there is no denying his place in United's history books, with Rooney the club's leading goal-scorer in a career that also saw him win five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cups with the Red Devils. He was one of the big reasons we were successful.

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"The fans give me a great reception every time I go back and when I went back with Everton".

"We will give him a guard of honour".

Manager Gareth Southgate added: "I don't want to pin an exact time on when Wayne comes on because you don't know how the flow of the game will go".

"It is going to be a huge night for Wayne and we want to make it special for him", Delph said.

"It is very important to all of us that he gets the right sort of send off".

"Part of the game is to pay tribute to what he's done, and I think players always look at how they would like to be treated in that situation".

Rooney came to Wembley on the eve of the match to soak up the surroundings ahead of his final appearance for England, with the team flexing their collective muscle to ensure he got the send-off that he deserves.

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