Bournemouth striker Wil­son wins first se­nior Eng­land call-up

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Mark MANN-BRYANS Press As­so­ci­a­tion

WAYNE Rooney heads a squad named by Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate for the up­com­ing games against the United States and Croa­tia - with Bournemouth striker Cal­lum Wil­son called up for the first time.

The re­turn of record goalscorer Rooney has split opin­ion, with the 33-year-old set to col­lect a 120th cap in the Novem­ber 15 friendly against the US to hon­our his Three Li­ons ca­reer.

Rooney has not played for his coun­try for al­most two years and Press As­so­ci­a­tion Sport un­der- stands he will make a late sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance in a game which will be known of­fi­cially as the Wayne Rooney Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional.

He is not in con­tention for the Na­tions League clash with Croa­tia three days later.

South­gate re­vealed talks over Rooney’s in­volve­ment have been go­ing on for a year, ever since his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment.

“There have been on­go­ing dis­cus­sions since Wayne re­tired about pay­ing trib­ute to him and his Eng­land ca­reer,” said the man­ager, who added Rooney had de­clined an op­por­tu­nity to be hon­oured ahead of the World Cup so as not to take the at­ten­tion away from those go­ing to Rus­sia.

“Those dis­cus­sions started 12 months ago. We have an op­por­tu­nity with the game at Wem­b­ley to pay trib­ute.

“I am still able to look to the fu­ture with the squad we’ve picked, but we’ve talked a lot about the his­tory of the shirt. We have brought for­mer play­ers back to speak and present shirts. I think all the play­ers re­spect Wayne’s con­tri­bu­tion and that he de­serves the best pos­si­ble send-off.”

Wil­son, who has scored six Pre­mier League goals this sea­son, is re­warded with a maiden call-up to the se­nior ranks.

Mid­field­ers Dele Alli and Jesse Lin­gard re­turn af­ter be­ing ruled out of last month’s Na­tions League dou­ble-header against Spain and Croa­tia through in­jury - with young­sters Ma­son Mount and James Mad­di­son drop­ping out. Eng­land squad: Trent Alexan­der-Arnold, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Mar­cus Bet­tinelli, Jack But­land, Ben Chilwell, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Jor­dan Hen­der­son, Harry Kane, Michael Keane, Jesse Lin­gard, Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek, Alex McCarthy, Jor­dan Pick­ford, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Wayne Rooney, Jadon San­cho, Luke Shaw, Ra­heem Ster­ling, John Stones, Kieran Trip­pier, Kyle Walker, Danny Wel­beck, Cal­lum Wil­son, Harry Winks

Pic­ture: Clive Rose/Getty

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