Rooney has not played for his country for nearly two years and Press Association Sport understands he will make a late substitute appearance in a game which will be known officially as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.
The Football Association announced on Sunday that Rooney would be awarded his 120th cap as a tribute to his England career which appeared to have come to an end when he retired from global football in August 2017.
But Southgate confirmed that Rooney wouldn't start the match or wear the number 10 shirt, but could be handed the captain's armband as a substitute.
Tottenham striker - and current Three Lions skipper - Kane sees differently, however, and when asked whether Rooney should take the armband against the United States, he said: "Yes, of course". He was a great captain for us. I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but we've talked a lot about the history of the shirt. If he plays, of course he'll be the captain.
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He is not in contention for the Nations League clash with Croatia three days later. "It's a real good thing for everyone to be a part of", he added.
"Wayne was one of our greatest ever England players". It's a great experience to have for the younger players in our team.
"Everyone should get right behind it and it will be a great send-off".
Despite not scoring in his last seven England games, Kane himself has already racked up 19 goals in 34 internationals.
"There's still a long way to go", said the 25-year-old. We can't do anything about how we've done it in the past, but I know how much it meant to the squad of '66 to come to St George's Park a few months ago and have a dinner when we mentioned the entrance after Sir Alf Ramsey.