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Fans think England are going too far with planned gesture for Wayne Rooney vs USA

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On returning to the England set-up, Wayne Rooney has proved just as divisive as he ever was.

The 33-year-old may be the Three Lions' all-time leading goalscorer, but he was also plagued by accusations that like so many of the 'Golden Generation', he didn't deliver at the biggest tournaments.

For instance, the DC United forward scored just once at a World Cup.

It's that record that makes many fans struggle with placing him in the same bracket as the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton.

That said, in the 21st century, there are few players whose contribution has come close to matching his.

On Thursday night, the former captain's achievements for the national side will be recognised in a friendly against the USA which will raise money for his Foundation.

Rooney will win his 120th cap and Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will also be allowed to wear his old shirt number, freed up by Raheem Sterling.

"The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute," the England boss told reporters.

England players have welcomed Rooney

In a further unconventional turn, Fabian Delph has been made captain - which suggests that several senior players, including regular skippers Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson, will be rested.

And Delph has revealed that he and his team-mates are planning a special gesture when Rooney is introduced off the bench.

Rooney will play for England for the first time in two years

"I think we are going to give him a guard of honour," Delph adds.

"It's going to be a huge night and we want to make it special for him. We think it's important to honour the achievements he's made throughout his career."

A guard of honour, in the middle of a game? It's not quite John Terry material, and it's only a friendly, but England fans are unsure: 

Delph will hand over the armband despite joking to reporters:

"I probably won't get the armband again, so probably not! I'll probably keep hold of it.

An England great bows out 

"When I first came into the England squad he welcomed me and put an arm around me and made me feel like I am at home. And as soon as he comes on tomorrow I will be giving him that armband back."

Rooney has teamed up with the rest of the squad this week

Whatever your opinion of Rooney's... testimonial, if you can call it that, it is evidently being welcomed by the rest of the squad.

"There's obviously some players I haven't played with, and obviously players who I've played with," Rooney told the media. 

"It was nice to see all the players and the staff and the reception they gave me was fantastic so it's great to be back here." 

What do you make of Rooney's return? Have your say in the comments. 

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