Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk named in England squad

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk named in England squad

England play United States at Wembley on November 15 - a match which has been dedicated to the Wayne Rooney Foundation, with the DC United striker making a brief return from worldwide retirement to win his 120th cap and try to add to his record 53 global goals for his country.

Wilson has bagged six times in the Premier League already this season and is only one goal behind front-runners Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has also been included in the squad named by Garreth Southgate despite struggling with an Achilles problem and teenage sensation Jadon Sancho retains his place after winning his first cap against Croatia in October.

England's all-time record goalscorer Rooney will come on as a second-half substitute at Wembley but will not captain the side or wear the number 10 shirt.

Rooney fled England, where he played in the top-flight for 15 years, in the summer to start afresh Stateside.

Southgate said that giving Rooney a tribute match had been mooted a year ago and there was a plan to honour him at the June friendly against Nigeria before the World Cup.

But Southgate - who revealed he has not spoken to Rooney since the announcement - feels having the former Manchester United man on the training ground next week and in the squad for the United States friendly can only help the current crop and show them how England treat their greatest talents.

It's a shame that the opportunity for a record-breaker, with a stellar worldwide career, to have the honour of captaining his country one last time has been denied.

"I've talked a lot to the players about the importance of the shirt, the history, we've brought former players back in to speak to the squad, to present shirts".

But the Football Association made it clear that Wayne Rooney will get the captain's armband and will only make a cameo appearance.

Rooney has not played for his country for nearly two years and Press Association Sport understands he will make a late substitute appearance in a game which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International. "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added. He was a fantastic player for England and it's fine by me if we want to celebrate his achievements.

"In terms of the captaincy, the last game he played with me, Jordan Henderson ran over and gave him the armband when he came on". His 120th Three Lions cap will be his last. The US game is the first chance since then to host such a game.

"It's a great experience for the younger players in our team".

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