Wayne Rooney to make England return in U.S. friendly

Doug Mendoza
November 4, 2018

Neither Podolski nor Sneijder were out of global football for as long as Rooney, 33, who announced his England retirement in August 2017 after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

Rooney, who now plays in the MLS for DC United, should generate more interest in the game and therefore make more money for charity.

The 33-year-old Rooney, who joined DC United from Everton earlier this year, retired from global duty in August 2017 as his country's record goal-scorer (53) and having won more caps (119) than any other England outfield player.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", Rooney said.

Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.

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Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, D.C. United Co-Chairman, said, "As a club, we are thrilled that Wayne will be honoured by the English FA after such a historic and record-setting career for the Three Lions".

"Playing for England was the greatest honor of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me".

This will serve as Rooney's proper farewell to honour his incredible career as an England player, while the hope from the FA is that it will also raise more than £500,000 for a number of children's charities, including the NSPCC. "It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.".

It is understood Rooney's involvement with England for the fixture will be made official in the coming days.

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals for England prior to announcing his retirement from worldwide football in August 2017. Their season ended on Thursday night when they suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the play-offs.

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