The manager, who has handed Kieran Trippier his first call-up, has omitted the Manchester United forward from his party to face Scotland and France next month in a move that effectively brings the curtain down on Rooney’s career with England.
The 31-year-old missed out on Southgate’s last squad for the matches against Germany and Lithuania, but the England managed insisted the decision was down to Rooney’s lack of regular football.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Aaron Cresswell, Ben Gibson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling
Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy
Tuesday, June 13: France v England (Stade de France, Paris) – Friendly
However, England’s all-time record goalscorer has played regularly for United in recent weeks but has still missed out on the squad.
Rooney’s club team-mate Marcus Rashford has been named in the England senior squad, a selection that represents a significant climbdown from Southgate and the FA.
The England manager was adamant the 19-year-old would be in the travelling party for next month’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland.
United boss Jose Mourinho, however, wanted his starlet to remain with the seniors and hence miss the U21 tournament.
But following talks between Mourinho and Southgate, the teenager will not go to Poland in a decision that represents a victory for the United boss.
Explaining the selection, Southgate said: ‘We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays.
‘I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches – he’s had some matches now but we’ve got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli.
‘We’ve got Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane coming back and Jermain Defoe who did really well for us last time while Jamie Vardy’s been in excellent form in the second half of the season.
‘I can’t dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place.’
ROONEY’S ENGLAND CAREER:
Debut: February 12, 2003 v Australia (Upton Park)
Major tournaments: 6 (Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012, World Cup 2014, Euro 2016)
Other: England’s record goalscorer; Named in Euro 2004 team of the tournament
Michael Keane misses out with a calf problem, but there is a place for Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson.
Aaron Cresswell has got the nod ahead Kieran Gibbs as cover for left-back Ryan Bertrand with Danny Rose and Luke Shaw unavailable through injury.
Jermain Defoe keeps his place in the squad; but there is no place for Danny Welbeck, who is struggling with a foot problem.
Speaking about Defoe’s inclusion, Southgate said: ‘I’ve showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment’s right then we will involve them in the squad.
‘You never write off a player of Wayne’s quality and I’m sure that, next season, he’ll be back to playing. He’s finished the season a bit better and I’m sure he’ll take that into next year.’
England had checked on Welbeck’s availability, but it is understood Arsenal preferred him to be left out given his injury record.
And asked about his England prospects, Welbeck confirmed: ‘It’s for the medical teams to correspondent with each other and then we’ll see.’
Jermain Defoe keeps his place after scoring on his England return against Lithuania in March
WHO’S NOT IN THE SQUAD?
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Michael Keane*, Luke Shaw*, Danny Rose*
Midfielders: Jack Wilshere*, Jordan Henderson*, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge*
Looking ahead to next month’s fixtures, Southgate told TheFA.com: ‘The Scotland game is one of football’s great fixtures.
‘We’re in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that’s what we want to achieve.
‘France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we’ve done that by playing Spain and Germany already. They’re teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve.
‘A game away in the Stade de France will be a brilliant occasion for the players.’