"A lot has happened since then and as you get older you appreciate more getting recognition for England", said Wilson.
The Three Lions' all-time top scorer and most-capped outfield player will come on for his 120th and final worldwide appearance in Thursday's friendly against the United States at Wembley.
"Fabian is captain tomorrow night, and the players are keen that Wayne wears the No. 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute", manager Gareth Southgate said.
But basically it's like Wayne Rooney's birthday party.
Fabian Delph will start the match as captain but will hand the armband to Rooney when the DC United striker comes on as a substitute in the second half.
Manchester City player Delph said: "When I first came into the England set-up, Wayne was captain".
There will be some who claim Wayne Rooney's return to global action tonight is a fitting tribute to a man who is his country's record scorer.
"Obviously some players I have played with, some players I haven't but it was nice to see all the players and the staff and the reception they gave me was fantastic, so it's great to be back".
"We will give him enough so that it is fitting but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players and making sure our preparation for Sunday is another priority".
Manager Gareth Southgate added: "I don't want to pin an exact time on when Wayne comes on because you don't know how the flow of the game will go".
"He's the record holder with the number of goals he's scored for England and it's right for us to make a day for him and make it special".
Rooney, 33, will captain The Three Lions tonight at Wembley when they face off against the United States of America, in a game to commemorate the nations all-time record goalscorer.
Southgate also addressed some of the criticism over the decision to include Rooney in the squad for a farewell appearance. Harry Kane said to me, "Look, we don't think it would be right for him to come on wearing a shirt he hasn't worn".
"It's been disappointing to see him (Wayne) nearly have to defend his inclusion".
"We are delighted to have him with us". The more important thing is that within the England group, we value what he has done.
"But just tactically they knew what they were doing, they knew their jobs and knew everything, and I think we were just one step behind with that". I really appreciated that.