England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Wayne Rooney along with new boy Callum Wilson for the games against the United States and Croatia
Rooney’s return to the national team has received a mixed response from fans and ex-players alike.
The England record goalscorer is set to earn his 120th cap next Thursday at Wembley with reports suggesting he will make a late substitute appearance against the US.
Speaking for the first time on Rooney’s return, Southgate revealed talks over a return had been ongoing for a year.
“There have been ongoing discussions since Wayne retired about paying tribute to him and his England career,” revealed Southgate on the FA website.
“Those discussions started 12 months ago. We have an opportunity with the game at Wembley to pay tribute.”
Bournemouth striker Wilson, who’s scored six times in the Premier League this season, has received his maiden call-up to the England team.
After being ruled out of last month’s international break, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard will return to head the England midfield.
After hosting the US in a friendly next Thursday, England will then play Croatia three days later at Wembley for a UEFA Nations League clash.
England squad in full: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Lewis Dunk (Brighton ), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), 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), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Harry Winks (Tottenham).