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Players called for Rooney to captain England and wear No 10 against USA

• Rooney will be given armband when he comes on as substitute
• Gareth Southgate says players called for a fitting tribute

Wayne Rooney will end his glittering England career wearing the No 10 shirt and the captain’s armband against the United States after the squad’s senior players determined that would be the most appropriate way for the side’s record goalscorer to bow out.

Gareth Southgate will hand Rooney a second-half cameo in Thursday’s friendly fixture at Wembley, 734 days after he earned his 119th and most recent cap, having described the 33-year-old as the best striker he ever played alongside. The current captain, Harry Kane, who will not start against the US, had led the player delegation championing the returning forward to reclaim the No 10 shirt he wore over much of the second half of his England career.

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