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Rooney to make England swansong vs. USA

04 November, 2018, 19:17 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Wayne Rooney is being recalled to the England squad for a one-off farewell performance, two years after his last appearance for the national side.

The 33-year-old, now playing in Major League Soccer with DC United, has not played for England in nearly two years, but the match at Wembley a week on Thursday is set to be his 120th senior appearance in an England shirt.

Press Association Sport understands that Rooney, England and Manchester United's record goalscorer, will make a one-off appearance for Gareth Southgate's Three Lions on 15 November.

The game has been earmarked to raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which is seeking to raise over £500,000 for various children's charities including the NSPCC.

The Wembley Arch will be lit up in the gold colours of Rooney's charity. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process".

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

The game will serve as a final chance for Southgate to fine-tune ahead of England's Nations League crunch match with Croatia on Sunday November 18. "It's fitting that the match will be against the US and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

He is the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton who won 125 caps. Trying to help others is a particular focus of mine now through my Foundation. The 33-year-old is set to start among the substitutes but the intention is to bring him on to earn his 120th cap and seek to add to his record 53-goal haul.

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the U.S. as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency.

The player's rich vein of form, alongside his popularity among England supporters and the feeling of progress made under Southgate, have helped the FA with the decision.

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