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Wayne Rooney to wear 10 shirt, captain’s armband in England farewell

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Wayne Rooney will wear the number 10 shirt and captain’s armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in Thursday’s friendly with the United States, manager Gareth Southgate said.

“The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute,” Southgate told a news conference on Wednesday.

“All of our group have huge respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should in the number 10,” added the England manager.

Rooney, who now plays in Major League Soccer for D.C United, will start on the bench before entering the field for his 120th and final cap in the international at Wembley Stadium.

Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old.

“We will give him enough so that I think it is fitting... but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players, giving them the right amount of time and making sure our preparation for Sunday is right is another priority.”

England face Croatia in a Nations League match on Sunday.

“But I have to say it’s very important for all of us as a group that he gets a good send off,” added Southgate who said Rooney had looked sharp in training.

“He is in good form, we knew he was in good form with his club coming into this. In training, he has fitted in perfectly.”