While the former Everton and Manchester United striker brings down the curtain on his England career, Southgate has the chance to test some of those at the end other end of their worldwide career against the States.
England's record goalscorer said he did not think his recall by... I'm not asking people to agree with it.
They were his days as a nerveless teenager who impressed his new team-mates on his first day in the England camp by lobbing David James.
Nor was there a deep search of his England back catalogue to summon memories of his barnstorming introduction to life as an worldwide footballer, with the goal against FYR Macedonia 15 years ago that made him his country's youngest scorer aged 17 years and 317 days.
Asked what his proudest moment was, Rooney replied: "The goal against Switzerland to break the record was a hugely special moment for me".
Rooney said the appearance will definitely be his last for England and will probably his final senior match in the country with a return to the Premier League unlikely.
Rooney's last outing for the Three Lions was the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016. His inclusion led to criticism from some quarters but Rooney appears to have bedded in well with Gareth Southgate 's young squad since joining up at St George's Park. "I believed those players, maybe not in the World Cup but the one after that, would be good enough to have a go at it".
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"Raheem Sterling in the last couple of years has been fantastic".
"We tried to be successful". But I think we had a great team, we were unlucky on a couple of occasions, going out on penalties. We all know a lot of the older players, players who won the World Cup, weren't treated as well as they should have been. "I'll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling enormous pride doing that".
"It cheapens an global cap and I don't think it's right".