The former England captain is being honoured with a farewell match following his worldwide retirement past year, and the fixture - which is live on Sky Sports Main Event - will be called "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" in support of his charity. He also offered up his advice to Winks and the other players in the new crop of talent looking to make a name for themselves with England.
"If I was in a position where this game was going to take the record off Peter Shilton, for instance, I would never have played in the game", Rooney said.
Nor was there a deep search of his England back catalogue to summon memories of his barnstorming introduction to life as an global footballer, with the goal against FYR Macedonia 15 years ago that made him his country's youngest scorer aged 17 years and 317 days. "I am not asking people to agree with it".
Asked what his proudest moment was, Rooney replied: "The goal against Switzerland to break the record was a hugely special moment for me".
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And it's a decision that could see him give up his chance to ever become a Ryder Cup Captain. McIlroy explained: "It is the result of the changes".
"I'm not normally one to show my emotions that way, but when I scored the penalty against Switzerland it was hard to hold my emotions back".
He has not played for England since a 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley on November 11, 2016.
Rooney struck an authoritative tone as he spoke at length to the media, with his only prickly answer in response to a question about his late-night drinking during his last England involvement. "Harry Kane has been top scorer in the Premier League for three or four years".
"We tried to be successful". "We were going to do a game before the World Cup but it was not the right timing". We had stayed in contact, we have had the idea for 12 months.
"The players obviously who I have spoke to and the FA (I) have spoken to, they agreed, they think it is right. Out of the England managers I've had he's probably the only one who's really brought so many through as a group and he deserves a lot of credit for that".