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England captain Harry Kane has given his backing to the honouring of former skipper Wayne Rooney in an global friendly against the United States next week.

Rooney will be included in Gareth Southgate's squad for the United States match but will not be considered for the Nations League meeting with Croatia three days later. Sources close to Rooney have claimed that...

"If anybody deserves one more cap, it is somebody who had 119, more than somebody that has had one or a handful", said Southgate. He was a fantastic player for England and it's fine by me if we want to celebrate his achievements.

"There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career", said the manager, who added Rooney had declined an opportunity to be honoured ahead of the World Cup so as not to take the attention away from those going to Russian Federation.

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the global set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

"I think there would be numerous examples of people that have earned caps in different circumstances".

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

"We talk to them a lot about that they have the shirt now but it is not their shirt, great players have worn it before them and great players will wear it after them", Southgate added.

"I think it is important they respect what the players did in the past". I don't think Wayne has been involved in all those discussions and I don't need to be involved in all those discussions, frankly.

"We are a odd country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we'd like and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we are spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute". "To actually give him a game in what is a proper England global is completely wrong, in my opinion".

"And then we are able to acknowledge Wayne's contribution after that".

"Part of being a footballer is showing the resilience that would be commonplace among the squad, coming back form setbacks whether that's through rejection or injury", said Southgate.


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