Rooney, Wilson named in England squad

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Wayne Rooney has been named in the England squad for the friendly international against the United States, which will be used to pay tribute to the nation's record goalscorer.

Coach Gareth Southgate defended the decision to include Rooney, who hasn't played for England for two years, but will collect his 120th cap against the US on November 15.

"There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career," Southgate said.

"Those discussions started 12 months ago.

"I was quite happy for the tribute to be before the World Cup but Wayne did not want to detract from the team at that time so now we have the opportunity to pay that tribute.

"If somebody is going to earn that cap it is someone who has got 119 more than someone who has one. I think he's earned the right to that cap over a period of over 10 years, six major tournaments and being our record goalscorer.

"I understand it's caused a lot of debate and conjecture but it's a way of appreciating what he's given."

In-form Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson was also called up for the first time for their games against the US and Croatia.

Everton defender Michael Keane, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard have been recalled after missing the last set of internationals.

"Callum is a striker we worked with briefly with the Under-21s so we know plenty about him," Southgate told a news conference on Thursday.

"He's a threat in terms of running in behind defences."

The 26-year-old has scored six Premier League goals for Bournemouth this season, helping Eddie Howe's side climb to sixth place in the table.

After the friendly against the US, England face Croatia in the Nations League on November 18.

World Cup runners-up Croatia are in last place in League A Group 4, having played a game less than group leaders Spain and England.

England squad:

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (DC United)*, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

*USA fixture only

Source: AAP