Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

WATCH: Wayne Rooney to wear England No 10 shirt and wear captain's armband

England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will be given the No 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes off the bench for his final appearance with the national team against the United States on Thursday, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

Fabian Delph will captain England at kick off at Wembley.

It will be the first time the Manchester City midfielder has led his country.

Delph added he would he happy to pass on formal leadership duties when former Everton and Manchester United star Rooney took the field for his 120th England appearance.

"When I first came into the England set-up, Wayne was captain and welcomed me and made me feel at home," Delph explained. "As soon as he comes on tomorrow, I will be giving him that armband back.

"We will give him a guard of honour. It will be a huge night for Wayne and we want to make it special for him."


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Rooney, the record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years.

The 33-year-old is now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United.

Thursday's match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of his charity aiding disadvantaged children.

But Rooney's inclusion in the squad after such a long absence has led to accusations that the FA are devaluing the worth of an England cap.