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"I don't think [he thought he was going to start the game] but I've not spoken with him".

During today's squad announcement, Gareth Southgate said that England should show more appreciation for their past stars.

We went to Germany and played when they honoured (Lukas) Podolski. He was a fantastic player for England and it's fine by me if we want to celebrate his achievements.

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

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"We're a unusual country in that we bemoan the fact that we haven't achieved as much as we'd like, and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we're spending a lot of time justifying giving him that tribute".

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Goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who with 125 caps is the only player to have represented England more times than Rooney, and ex-captain Alan Shearer both agreed that Rooney's achievements deserve honouring - but that should not extend to him playing in the match.

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I love the song, "attack, attack, attack" but you need to have stability when you lose the ball and we are not showing that. I look to the team we didn't press or do any of the week we did in the week.

I understand that has caused debate but for me it is a small way of appreciating what he has given to his country. He's our greatest goalscorer and so why not give him the send-off he deserves? I don't think Wayne has been involved in all those discussions and I don't need to be involved in all those discussions, frankly.

"As a manager, my involvement was "was I happy for him to play a part in the game" and I think actually, yes".

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

"In football, and in sport in general, people are not recognised or recognised too late. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room, and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked", Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

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"If I'm a current player, the way former players are treated is very important to me, because you can see what the future holds for you".