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 later this month, The Football Association confirmed on Sunday.
The 33-year-old is a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years.
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 on November 15.
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.
“I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again,” said Rooney in a statement issued by the FA that billed the game as his “final England appearance”.
“I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process.”
The FA added the match would give the Wembley crowd the “chance to show their appreciation of one of England’s greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships”.
Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances — the most by any outfield player — prior to announcing his retirement from international football in August 2017.
He has scored 12 times for DC United since he joined them after the end of the last English season, following a second spell at boyhood club Everton, and helped them climb from the bottom of the league ladder to the play-offs.
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