Wayne Rooney is now back in England national team with the Gareth Southgate side take on the US in a friendly on Thursday night at Wembley Stadium.

The Three Lions will also host Croatia in a crucial UEFA Nations League A, Group 4 clash on Sunday afternoon.

And former England captain Rooney is in line to win his 120th cap for his nation in the first of those fixtures.

Meanwhile, the game set to be called ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’ in support of former Manchester United star’s charitable interests.

Therefore, former United and England full-back Gary Neville has claimed that the DC United striker deserves a fitting farewell at Wembley Stadium.

“I’m surprised it has happened as I thought it was the type of thing that Gareth would not allow over the last 18 months,” Neville tells Sky Sports.

“But what I would say is that 18 months ago, I think it was March 2017 when Wayne was first left out, that was the time to pick him and do the farewell.”

“That was the time to put him in the squad and deal with it properly at the time, he deserved it at that time.”

“I’m happy for him personally as I think he absolutely loves England and he has been a great player for England and I am looking forward to the game because of the fact that the fans will welcome it in the last 10 minutes.”

“But I am surprised a little bit. I’m quite neutral on it – I’m not like some who think it is an absolute disgrace, I do not as I think Wayne Rooney deserved that send-off 18 months ago. It is just that the FA have got the timing wrong.”

Some criticisms raised following the 33-year-old’s comeback suggesting that the veteran striker has denied younger players a call-up of their own. But Rooney’s former teammate Neville doesn’t agree with the critics.

“Wayne Rooney was in the squad for so many years, he was an inspiration to young players,” the pundit said.

“You look at some of those young players who will turn up and I bet he is the one player they are looking forward to being around.”

“Wayne Rooney is a great professional when he trains, in the squad, and the rest of the lads will be inspired by him.”

“But he does deserve a send-off, he is too good a player not to have one.”

Rooney, who was capped 119 times by his country between 2003 and 2016, is now all-time England top scorer with 53 goals.

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