After 14 years and 119 caps, Rooney, now a fringe figure at United, doesn't want his final act as an England player to be apologizing for a reported late-night drinking session in between fixtures against Scotland and Spain last year.
Jermain Defoe says he was delighted with his "emotional" return for England in today's 2-0 victory over Lithuania.
Southgate said: "It was a great moment for him".
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In his enforced absence, Joe Hart took the captain's armband and nearly made a hash of it with a awful mistimed jump for the ball on the stroke of half-time.
Here is a collection of the best tweets about Vardy's black eye... "It's important we can adapt", he said.
Southgate hopes that kind of debate will allow England to be more flexible with their tactics because the players will instinctively know how to respond to any switches in formation.
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"I'd put my house on him scoring at some stage", said manager Gareth Southgate, who was playing for England when Defoe made his debut in 2004. In the third game, they defeated Malta before losing to Slovakia.
Defoe led England out with fearless cancer battler Bradley Lowery ahead of winning his 56th cap against Lithuania at Wembley.
England's Marcus Rashford, top, and Lithuania's Tadas Kijanskas, bottom, challenge for the ball during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between England and Lithuania at the Wembley Stadium in London, Great Britain, Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Lallana's deft touch released Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to slide inside the near post to double the home side's advantage on 65 minutes, the fourth time the Reds' No.20 has been directly involved in a goal in his last five global appearances.
It took Vardy just five minutes to notch up the second goal.
Traditionally played the week before a major football tournament, the game sees an England side comprising of (usually) retired footballers and celebrities take on a Rest of the World side, also made up of ex-pros and celebs.
The Daily Mail are reporting this morning that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is set to start for England tonight at Wembley in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania (5pm kick off).