Gareth Southgate’s men will play World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia in the upcoming week.
Rashford, left out of the England squad back in August, makes a well deserved return; Jesse Lingard could make his international debut after being called up for just the second time; Rooney, despite being dropped by Jose Mourinho for Manchester United’s last three games, holds on to the captaincy.
The four were seen putting in the hard yards ahead of the game with Malta on Saturday.
Of the four Man United players set to feature for England over the next week, one player in particular will be plunged under the world’s spotlight: Rooney.
Mourinho’s decision to leave Rooney out of the starting XI that decimated Leicester City was perceived as the beginning of the end for the Englishman. It was long overdue, but the mainstream media – and indeed all supporters – finally recognised the adverse impact Rooney has on this United side.
Wearing the armband for England, however, presents Rooney with an opportunity to silence the wall of noise currently surrounding him. He is, in many ways, playing for his future like never before.