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England coach Southgate: I'm happy to involve Rooney

England coach Gareth Southgate says DC United striker Wayne Rooney will see action against the USA.

The former Manchester United and Everton striker will be granted a farewell appearance for the friendly.

"My involvement was around whether I was happy for him to play a part in the game and my answer was yes," he said.

"I'm still able to look to the future with the squad that I've picked but I've talked a lot about the importance and history of the shirt and honouring former players. I think all the players would respect that Wayne's contribution deserves the best possible send-off.

"I understand that's caused a lot of debate but it's a small way of appreciating what he's given for his country. He has earned the right to that cap over a period of over 10 years and six major tournaments with England and to be the record goalscorer."

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