Wayne Rooney’s highs and lows with England

Doug Mendoza
November 15, 2018

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Rooney said he will be "proud" of running out at Wembley again.

"As a country, obviously we haven't done anything like this before". Of course it's something different and I'm not asking people to agree with it.

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"The most important thing is, speaking with the FA, we both felt it was right".

Rooney's press conference appearance also included lighter moments, such as when he was asked whether he would shed a tear on Thursday - or indeed if he remembered the last time he cried.

And yet, somehow, amid all the tumult that existed alongside his England career, from stepping on Cristiano Ronaldo's testicles to Sam Allardyce, Rooney became England's all-time leading scorer, doing the same thing for England's most successful club as well.

Rooney played his last game for Scotland in November 2016 and retired in August 2017 after England coach Gareth Southgate called him up for England's World Cup qualifiers the next month.

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Wayne Rooney admits he may have to fight back the tears when he makes his final England appearance, but when was the last time he cried? That his return is against the US is just a coincidence and not an indication he'll be playing for England again.

Speaking to reporters from England's St. George's Park training base on Tuesday, the current D.C. United striker believes this will be the ideal chance for him to say goodbye and he will wear the captains armband with pride if the opportunity arrives.

"I think I made the decision to go to the States and when I make a decision I tend to stick with it".

Nor was there a deep search of his England back catalogue to summon memories of his barnstorming introduction to life as an global footballer, with the goal against FYR Macedonia 15 years ago that made him his country's youngest scorer aged 17 years and 317 days. "And I'm going to enjoy Thursday".

"It's important to me that I give my full commitment to DC United. I'll finish my career there".

"I've stepped back from that now and can analyse it, and see it was there".

After a season back at Everton, former Manchester United striker Rooney secured a move to the U.S.to join D.C. United - whom he helped to the playoffs in his first campaign.

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