England to honor DC United's Wayne Rooney in friendly vs

Heather Diaz
November 5, 2018

Wayne Rooney is poised to make a shock return to the England national team later this month, according to widespread media reports.

Rooney's last game for the Three Lions was against Scotland at Hampden Park a year ago but the former Manchester United star will be looking forward to get a proper farewell match against the Americans.

Rooney, 33, joined D.C. this summer after a glittering career with Manchester United and Everton, as well as on the global stage with England.

The match - which will be held at Wembley and will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation - will be the DC United forward's 120th for England.

England's all-time top scorer called time on his global career in August 2017 after winning 119 caps and scoring 53 goals for his country.

He said: "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. It's fitting that the match will be against the US and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

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Having made his worldwide debut in 2003 as England's youngest ever player, Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton as his country's leading scorer in 2015.

Rooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.

Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Rooney's 120th cap will come more than 14 months after initially calling time on his worldwide career, but Sky Sports News understands reports suggesting he will also be made captain for the game are wide of the mark. Rooney will also be training with the squad as they prepare for their Nations League game v Croatia, although he is not set to feature in that one.

His 12 goals in 21 DC appearances set up a meeting with Columbus Crew, but Rooney missed from the spot in DC's penalty shoot-out defeat following a 2-2 draw.

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