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England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed talks have been taking place with Wayne Rooney about a farewell game for more than a year and the DC United striker rejected the opportunity to participate in a fixture ahead of the World Cup.

Southgate was inspired to give the striker a significant tribute after seeing how Germany honoured Lukas Podolski around a 2017 game against England.

"I've not spoken to Gareth (Southgate) too much about how he's going to do it when we play but it'll be great to see him again and I'm sure he's looking forward to seeing a few of the boys".

Rooney was one of 28 players selected Thursday (NZT Friday) by Southgate, but the former captain will not play on November 18 against Croatia in England's final Uefa Nations League game.

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"The players would respect Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off".

"It is probably the send-off he deserves for what he has done for both English football and England".

"I really think it's important that the former players feel part of what we're doing with England".

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Brighton defender Lewis Dunk have been handed call-ups by Southgate for the friendly against the US and the UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia.

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"I've worked with Wayne, played with Wayne, and he doesn't get recognised for what ability he still has and did have at his peak".

After a career on home soil at Manchester United and Everton, Rooney is now in Major League Soccer with DC United.

"If we're also talking about helping young players develop in the worldwide set-up, then surely celebrating Wayne's career in this way is an example to the next generation of England stars".

Callum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth. "He's been involved with either scoring or assists, with a high number of goals this season, so it's a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and see how he fits into what we do", said Southgate.

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