England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney had called it a day on his international career but he is set to come out of retirement for a final farewell match against the United States at Wembley on Thursday, 15th November.
The 33-year-old is a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years and is happy for Gareth Southgate to decide his playing time.
The forward who is now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture to earn his 120th cap for England.
DC United released a video in which the striker expressed his emotions ahead of the anticipated fixture.
“Playing on the squad for this game and see some old teammates, see Gareth and the coaching staff, and then obviously to play at Wembley for the last time will be a great moment,” Rooney said.
“To see old teammates, coaches and be around them for a few days, but also to see the fans — it’ll be great to pull on the England shirt again in front of the fans in almost a way of me saying thank you to the fans for the support you’ve shown me over my time playing for England.”
The match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the striker’s charity aiding disadvantaged children, with England manager Gareth Southgate naming the 33-year-old in his squad.
“Obviously it’s a huge honour for the FA to grant me this game. It’s an important game, obviously. The money will be raised for children’s charities, which I think is really important,” Rooney said.
Rooney has netted 53 goals in 119 England appearances since making his debut for the Three Lions on February 12, 2003.
“I have to admit I don’t know how much I’m going to play, whether that’s from the start or whether that’s the last few minutes,” Rooney said.
“I’ll speak to Gareth before we meet up. Whatever he wants me then to play I’m happy to do so.