Wayne Rooney has earned the right to enjoy a special England farewell, according to Michail Antonio.
Rooney will make his 120th and final international appearance in a friendly against United States at Wembley on Thursday.
England's all-time leading goalscorer will wear the number 10 shirt and replace Fabian Delph as captain when he is introduced from the bench.
Reaction to Rooney's return to international action after a two-year absence has been mixed, with Peter Shilton - the only player with more England caps - among those to criticise the move.
Players including Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski have been similarly honoured by Netherlands and Germany respectively at the end of their international careers.
And Antonio, part of the England squad when Rooney was still playing for the Three Lions in 2016, backed the decision to hand the DC United striker a shock recall.
"I think with England, we should follow other countries like Germany. He's got 119 caps right now and this last cap will make it special for him," Antonio told Omnisport.
"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. It's a special thing to play for England and to be a record holder.
"I feel he deserves this day and any player who plays for England like him who retires should get a day like that as they have given their international duty to us."
Looking forward to putting the @England shirt on for one last time tonight. My twitter will be taken over until after the game so you can keep track of what’s going on and for info on the @FoundationWR charities and how you can donate. Thanks for your support pic.twitter.com/46R2PboKbg— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 15, 2018
Injuries have disrupted Antonio's career since he broke into the England squad and the 28-year-old has only started four Premier League games this season.
Crystal Palace are reportedly among the clubs willing to offer him a way out of West Ham and Antonio accepts he may have to consider leaving London Stadium.
"I'm feeling good, the team is doing well. I'm feeling fit and just waiting for my moment," the versatile attacker added.
"I'm just trying to play my football right now and whatever happens, happens.
"I'm not saying I'm going to leave and I'm not saying I'm going to stay. But right now, I'm not in the team and I'm trying to work my way back into the team."
19. Dezember 2018
|Neymar back to full health and relishing Man United tie|
|Solskjaer to United: Former team-mates react|
|James Conner shares inspirational text from Aaron Donald after cancer diagnosis|
|ICC orders PCB to pay 60 per cent of BCCI costs after legal dispute|
|Cardinals´ Fitzgerald says Sunday may be final home game|
|Solskjaer to United: Bayern mute Champions League Twitter to avoid 1999 footage|
|I have a future without Manchester United - Mourinho moving on from Old Trafford exit|
|Solskjaer to United: Unlikely second chance after Cardiff calamity|
|Solskjaer to United: ´Ultimate super-sub´ understands our support, say fans|
|Jones and Humphreys to assist incoming Wales head coach Pivac|
|I have nothing to say - Mourinho muted on Manchester United exit|
|Gallen defiant amid Sharks crisis|
|Solskjaer to United: Cardiff stint not relevant to Old Trafford challenge, says Berg|
|Manchester United´s on-field results must improve to maintain commercial strength - sports finance e|
|Rashid and Carey inspire winning start for Strikers|
|Solskjaer to United: Phelan to continue Mariners role during coaching stint|
|Malone: Jokic an MVP contender|
|Solskjaer to United: Returning heroes - the hits and misses|
|Solskjaer to United: Ole´s best moments for United|
|Solskjaer to United: Club writing off two seasons with interim appointment - Fletcher|
|Allen´s LeBron block made statement - Atkinson|
|Solskjaer to United: Molde give blessing for their manager to take job on temporary basis|
|Dragons land Eels playmaker Norman|
|Black Caps tried everything - Williamson|
|Solskjaer to United: Red Devils´ interim boss in numbers|
|Solskjaer to United: Other Ferguson pupils who became teachers|
|Manchester United appoint Solskjaer until end of season|
|Kane a doubt for north London derby|
|Mourinho sacking changes things – Tuchel|
|Nets top Lakers in Brooklyn, extend winning streak to six games|
|LeBron on Lakers potentially acquiring Davis: That would be amazing|
|Rain helps Sri Lanka claim draw against New Zealand|
|Mourinho had to ´take the consequences´, says Klopp|
|Ausilio: Icardi has offer on table, won´t be sold to Juve|
|Chargers lead NFL Pro Bowl selections, Brees named NFC starting QB|
|Pro Bowl 2019: Chargers lead NFL with 7 selections, Drew Brees named NFC starting QB|
|Savea re-signs with All Blacks, Hurricanes|
|Flanagan facing de-registration as Sharks, Tigers cop huge fines|
|Napoli rejected £95m offer for Koulibaly amid United links – De Laurentiis|
|Kovac feels for axed United boss Mourinho|
|Rabiot, we do not need you – PSG fans respond to wantaway midfielder|
|Guardiola hails assured debut from Man City youngster Garcia|
|He´s very happy at Tottenham – Arsenal boss Emery wants Pochettino to reject Manchester United|
|Rams sign RB C.J. Anderson|
|Good luck with the Red Devils - Norway PM´s message for Solskjaer|
|Pogba was ´dancing on the grave´ of Mourinho - Neville|
|Solskjaer set to replace Mourinho after Man United gaffe|
|City signing Steffen up to Guardiola´s goalkeeper demands, says Berhalter|
18. Dezember 2018
|Mourinho is so strong - Guardiola backing for fallen rival|
|Mourinho? Ausilio dismisses Inter return after United sacking|
|Whyte needs to raise his game to beat Chisora again - Haye|
|Brussino leads late Tenerife rally as Venezia down Holon|
|Orleans 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Super sub Diaby sends holders through|
|Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1 (1-3 on penalties): Muric stands tall in poor shoot-out|
|Middlesbrough 0 Burton Albion 1: League One side reach semi-finals|
|Bologna 0 AC Milan 0: Bakayoko sent off as Inzaghi claims point against former side|
|Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 Borussia Dortmund 1: Bundesliga leaders suffer shock first loss|
|Rivera yet to make a call on sitting Panthers QB Newton|
|Pulisic would thrive in Premier League, but Berhalter expects Dortmund stay|
|Raptors coach Nurse fined by NBA for criticising referees|
|Solari ´loves´ struggling Real Madrid star Isco|
|Mourinho sacked: Pogba, Lukaku, Fred and his other Man United signings rated|
|Mourinho sacked: What does it mean for Manchester United players?|
|Ibrahimovic provides short-term pain, long-term gain for US - Berhalter|
|River Plate 2 Al Ain 2 (aet, 4-5 on penalties): Perez misses decisive spot kick|
|De Bruyne and Aguero back for City, surprise debut for Garcia|
|Uncapped Varun ´panicked a little´ after huge IPL deal|
|Replays scrapped for FA Cup fifth round|
|Pochettino readies big guns for Gunners|
|Ex-Wasps star Wade struggling with NFL transition|