England confirm farewell cap for record-scorer Wayne Rooney against USA

Mae Harvey
November 5, 2018

Rooney, the former Manchester United and Everton forward, announced his retirement from global football in August 2017.

"For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength", he told Goalhanger.

The 33-year-old made his last appearance for England in a 3-0 win over Scotland in November 2016, before announcing his global retirement in August 2017.

Gareth Southgate has agreed to allow Rooney a "farewell" one-off appearance to earn his 120th cap for England.

In an honour not previously given to an England player, Rooney will win his 120th cap when he appears as a substitute in the friendly against the United States at Wembley on Thursday week.

Gareth Southgate phased Rooney out of his plans, leading to the striker's retirement, but the England manager is pleased to be welcoming the 33-year-old temporarily back into the fold.

Rooney will be keen to go out on a high against his adopted country having missed a penalty in DC United's shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the play-offs on Thursday night. "It's fitting that the match will be against the United States of America and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

Wayne Rooney has won more caps than any other England outfield player. He retired the following August as England's all-time top scorer with 53 goals from 119 appearances.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he would like to reunite with former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney before both players hang up their boots.

Yet the move still risks accusations of the FA devaluing the fixture, which comes three days before England's potentially decisive Nations League tie with Croatia at the same venue. And using next week's friendly between England and the U.S. to raise money for charity is a brilliant idea.

"The connection between the FA and former England players is something that has always been very important to me", Southgate said.

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