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

Arnold Nichols
November 5, 2018

The 33-year-old announced his worldwide retirement in August 2017, but has been in superb form for Major League Soccer side DC United, helping his new club earn a spot in the Play Offs.

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

Wayne Rooney is to be called out of worldwide retirement to play for England in a match that will be renamed in his honour and from which his charitable foundation will benefit.

"The boys will love to see him and if I was one of those young forwards, I would be thinking "if I can achieve even half [of what Rooney has achieved], then it's special". I miss playing with him.

The former Manchester United and Everton captain - England's all-time leading scorer with 53 goals - has not represented his country since lining up against Scotland at Wembley in November 2016. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process. It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.".


The friendly fixture will be called the Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the former Manchester United forward's charitable interests.

News of Rooney's worldwide return comes from The Sun, who state that Rooney will be given the chance to captain England against the US on 15 November.

Rooney has scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for DC United during his short spell in MLS, while Ronaldo has seven goals in 13 outings for Juve.

However, now Wazza will train and play for England once more in what is set to be his very final appearance in an England shirt.

Rooney retired from global football after turning down a call-up to the Three Lions squad for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia in late 2017.

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