But Gareth Southgate and his impressive, youthful squad do not deserve to have this foisted on them.
"I wasn't playing [enough], first of all", Rooney said.
But whichever side of the fence you're on, it is undeniable that the circus which revolves around Wayne Rooney has rolled back into town.
There's no doubt Everton are better off without the singular glare that having Rooney brings; both on and off the pitch.
Wayne Rooney will wear the number 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in Thursday's friendly with the United States, manager Gareth Southgate said. "The money will be raised for children's charities, which I think is really important", Rooney said.
City midfielder Delph confirmed that he would hand the armband over to Rooney when he makes his 120th and final worldwide appearance. Obviously, I spoke to the manager and it didn't look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go.
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Woodward also said United have the "financial strength" to get back to contending for the biggest trophies at home and overseas.
Six years ago, while playing on the gnarled battlefields of non-league, Callum Wilson made a pledge that he would play for England at Wembley. One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.
"When I first came into the England set-up, Wayne was captain, he welcomed me and put his arm around me and made me feel at home".
"As soon as he comes on, I will give him the armband back".
Rooney is set to be joined by his children during a pre-match guard of honour that will end with him collecting a memento from Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, before returning to the field in the second half as skipper.
Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old.
"It is very important to all of us that he gets the right sort of send off. Whatever he wants me then to play I'm happy to do so".