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England players adamant Wayne Rooney wears No. 10 in sendoff - Gareth Southgate

Wayne Rooney discusses his emotions ahead of his farewell match with England as they take on the United States.

Wayne Rooney will wear the No. 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 No. 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 be in the No. 10," added the England manager.

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The D.C. United forward will win his 120th England cap on Thursday in his first appearance since announcing his retirement two years ago, in the friendly with the United States at Wembley.

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BURTON, England -- Wayne Rooney has defended his decision to make a farewell appearance for England and hopes it becomes a tradition for players to be honoured.

The D.C. United forward will win his 120th England cap on Thursday after Gareth Southgate sanctioned an appearance in the friendly with the United States at Wembley, two years after announcing his international retirement.

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LONDON -- Gareth Southgate insisted that it was his decision to give Wayne Rooney one final England cap next week against the United States -- but admitted that he has not spoken to the striker about his farewell appearance.

Rooney will earn his 120th cap as a second-half substitute at Wembley in a match dedicated to the player's foundation, though the Football Association have confirmed that they will not be donating any of the gate receipts to the cause.

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