Harry Kane reacts to Wayne Rooney taking back England captaincy

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Harry Kane reacts to Wayne Rooney taking back England captaincy

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

The FA and Gareth Southgate have chosen to honour Rooney - the country's leading goalscorer - with a cameo appearance at Wembley in the upcoming global friendly.

Rooney is to come out of worldwide retirement to make his 120th and final England appearance against the United States at Wembley on November 15. He was a great captain for us.

Shilton - England's all-time record appearance maker - is furious with the decision to recall Rooney, accusing the FA of "giving away caps".

"I think all of the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off", Southgate told a news conference after announcing his squad.

"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".

That decision has been criticised in the English media with a number of exciting young prospects needing more game time to be tested at the worldwide level and the United States of America game seen as preparation for what could be a crucial Nations League decider against Croatia four days later.

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

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

"Everyone should get right behind it and it will be a great send-off".

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys". "He's a threat running in behind defences, so this will be a good opportunity to look at him and try to see how he fits in to what we are trying to do".

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