Rooney had been asked to join up with the squad but instead made a decision to call time on his global career at the age of 31.
Manager Gareth Southgate admitted he had one eye on the future when handing uncapped duo Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah call-ups in the first England squad since Wayne Rooney's worldwide retirement.
Maguire's performances for the Tigers earned rave reviews from pundits and the 24 year old would eventually be sold by Hull City in the summer, making the move to Leicester for a reported fee of £12m which could rise significantly due to various clauses.
The squad for these crucial games is not expected to spring up many surprise inclusions, although the friendlies against Germany and Brazil in November are set to see Southgate be a bit more experimental with his selection.
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"He is very comfortable with the ball, the profile of an global footballer".
"I think he's already adjusted really well at Leicester to a new club".
Joe Hart looks set to retain his place in goal, but Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland will all try to dislodge the England number one.
"I think for us as a football club it shows how strong we were on the recruitment early doors but for him, personally, I'm very pleased".