Callum Wilson called up to England's 28-man squad for USA, Croatia

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For the uninitiated, two years after retiring from worldwide football, Rooney has been invited to turn out for one last hurrah, an appearance that would increase his cap tally to a nice round 120 - all backed by a near-total absence of public demand.

Gareth Southgate will stick with the youngsters when naming his England squad for next week's games against the United States and Croatia despite his decision to endorse the controversial recall of Wayne Rooney.

"I really think it's important that the former players feel part of what we're doing with England".

"I understand people have got different opinions but, from knowing Wayne and what he's done for England, I don't see any problem with it".

"The players would respect Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

"We know plenty about him", Southgate said of Wilson.

Ryan Giggs has backed the shock England return of former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney by applauding it as an opportunity to recognise an "iconic player".

"Having said that, we've given caps to people who haven't earned them in the past - I'm not going to name names - and you do wonder how on earth they got them".

The 33-year-old, who now plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, has not represented the Three Lions in nearly two years and the decision has been met with varied responses by players past and present.

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

As Rooney bids farewell to England, Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been called up for the first time after scoring six goals this season in the English Premier League.

"I'm glad that we'll see him in an England shirt one last time. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.