Wayne Rooney set for England farewell match

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago

Rooney captained the worldwide side 23 times.

Rooney has been a success since he moved to the U.S. to play for DC United, leading them to the MLS play-offs. The friendly v United States of America this month is set to raise money for charity and will be his Wembley farewell.

But with Rooney ending his England career having made more appearances than any other outfield player, as well as eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton's record of England goals, Southgate and the FA has agreed to give Rooney the honour of a farewell appearance, at the same time as handing supporters the opportunity to show their appreciation of the former England captain. "I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and the Football Association for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process", Rooney said in a statement. He is also Manchester United's record goal-scorer (253).

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. "It's fitting the match will be against the US". We're fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne's huge contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS.

He is the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton who won 125 caps.

His last global appearance was as captain in a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November 2016.

He made his global debut in 2003 against Australia and scored his first goal in a 2-1 victory over Macedonia later that year in a Euro 2004 qualification game.

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.

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