Gareth Southgate has defended the choice to include Wayne Rooney in the England squad for the upcoming friendly against the U.S., stating his belief that the former Manchester United player deserves a proper send-off.
Wilson, who has scored six Premier League goals so far this season, is rewarded with a maiden call-up to the senior ranks.
Southgate said he last spoke to Rooney in April, when the DC United striker visited St George's Park as an honorary ambassador for the UEFA Under-17 European Championship, but the two men did not discuss the tribute.
As soon as the announcement of Rooney's return to the squad was announced a number of fans were curious whether he will get to wear the captain's armband.
The England manager remains adamant that the occasion will not devalue the shirt and also described as "strange" the divisive debate that has surrounded Rooney's involvement, which the forward felt would not be appropriate in the friendly against Nigeria on the eve of the World Cup.
Harry Kane has backed Wayne Rooney to captain England when he makes his surprise return to the global fold next week.
Rooney will not be involved in the Nations League game against Croatia a week on Sunday and Southgate was adamant his decision to name a larger-than-usual squad ensured nobody in his plans has missed out.
"So, of course everybody respected [him] and we saw the sense in that".
Harry Kane (on right) will cede the England captaincy to Wayne Rooney (on left) in honour of Rooney's legendary career.
Rooney's return has caused no little controversy but Southgate justified the decision to recognise England's most capped outfield player of all time.
"I think the team respect what he did and I think it is important they respect what the players did in the past", Southgate said. I'm still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but also I've spoken a lot to the players about the shirt, the history of the short, honouring former players.
"He has had that but he has got back to a really good level".
Rooney, who now plays in the United States for DC United, has scored 53 goals in 119 global appearances and last played for England against Scotland in November 2016. His 120th Three Lions cap will be his last. "Now we have the opportunity with a game at Wembley to pay that tribute".
Everton defender Michael Keane is included in an England squad for the first time in 12 months, with uncapped Brighton centre-back also retaining his place. "I don't think we will give ourselves the best chance against Croatia if we play the [same] team twice", Southgate argued.