British players should "respect" Wayne Rooney in his international return because they need to know "the shirt story," says manager Gareth Southgate.
Rooney, 33, will earn his 120th and last cap in England in the friendly against the United States on November 15th.
The game, now called "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International", will honor the attacker and his charity.
"I think the team" I totally respect what he did, "Southgate said
" I think it's important that they respect what the players did in the past. "
The pursuer of the England's historic record Rooney will arrive as a substitute in the second half at Wembley, but will not captain the team or wear the shirt number 1
Rooney, who now plays in the United States for DC United, scored 53 goals in 119 international matches and the last time he played against England in Scotland in November 2016.  "We talk a lot about it. You have the shirt now but it's not their shirt, the big players 39, have worn before them and great players will wear it after them, "added Southgate.
" That lineage and the legacy of the shirt and the team are important to me because I think that if you join a club or (games for) your country you need to know and the story of that shirt and the importance of it – so you're not playing for the name on the back but for the crest on the front. "
Rooney's return to the international airfield was not without criticism.The British director Peter Shilton said that the caps should not be" distributed as gifts, "while the former Blackburn striker Celtic Chris Sutton said his inclusion "devalued the international cap."
Southgate claims that criticism of the decision of the Rooney Football Association was a "disappointment."
"It's a pity because you want it to be an appropriate tribute to an exceptional player that I think has often been underestimated in terms of how well he played in England, "he added
" We hope that when we get to the game, and that he is with us Next week, the focus will be on actually, we think about what he did and how well he played, and there's an opportunity here to thank
"Every opportunity for us to honor a jo that we will respect enormously. "
Southgate added that he still had to decide when Rooney will come in the second half but he insisted it would be before the fans start "heading for the pipe".
"I do not know To give an exact minute because if I do not do it the right way, there will be a bookmaker running a book on it," he said.
"I think it's appropriate that people do not head for the valves before he arrives and we too got out of the game what we wanted and we did not take someone too soon.
" There are young players we want to see from the 39; start – that must be the starting point. And then we can recognize Wayne's contribution after that. "