Gareth Southgate surprised by criticism over Wayne Rooney’s England recall

• Manager says striker will feature from bench in USA friendly
• ‘It’s strange we are spending time justifying giving him tribute’

Gareth Southgate has defended the decision to include Wayne Rooney in the England squad to face USA next Thursday and said the record goalscorer deserves his tribute despite criticism his presence devalues an international cap.

Related: Callum Wilson gets first England call-up for USA and Croatia matches

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via Football | The Guardian

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