Wayne Rooney to return to England squad for friendly match against USA

Wayne Rooney to return to England squad for friendly match against USA

Wayne Rooney is set to return to the Three Lions fold one last time as Gareth Southgate looks to give him the worldwide send off he deserves in his final appearance.

Press Association Sport understands Rooney - who is England and Manchester United's record goalscorer - will feature for Gareth Southgate's side in a one-off appearance on November 15.

Money raised from the match would go towards various children's charities as well as the Wayne Rooney Foundation - the Wembley Arch will even be illuminated in the foundation's gold colours.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", said Rooney.

"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me".

Including him against the USA, so close to England's important Uefa Nations League fixture against Croatia a few days later, means that the occasion can turn into the "Wayne Rooney Show" and become a distraction.

He is the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton who won 125 caps. "It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America".

Southgate said: "This tribute to Wayne is a unique opportunity that is befitting of our nation's record goalscorer".

However, his inclusion is a huge surprise and will leave Southgate and the Football Association open to the accusation that they have devalued playing for England given it is a one-off and Rooney retired from worldwide football previous year.

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

Gareth Southgate phased Rooney out of his plans, leading to the striker's retirement, but the England manager is pleased to be welcoming the 33-year-old temporarily back into the fold.

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