Talks about Rooney coming out of international retirement to receive his 120th cap have been ongoing for a year, Southgate confirmed, but the striker did not want his appearance to distract players ahead of the World Cup.
Southgate did not rule out the possibility of the former England captain wearing the armband again.
“He wouldn’t wear the No 10 because he won’t start the game,” Southgate said.
“In terms of the captaincy, the last game he came on [as a substitute] with me, Jordan Henderson gave him the armband as soon as he ran on the pitch.
“So I guess that will depend on the circumstances around the game and the players that are on there but I have no issue with that at all.”
He added: “As the manager, my involvement was: ‘Am I happy for him to play a part in the game?’ Yes. I’m still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I was able to pick and the things I want to see.”
More to follow.