Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Wayne Rooney to return for England farewell vs USA at Wembley

Wayne Rooney to return for England farewell vs USA at Wembley

This month's global friendly with US offers the flawless opportunity for Rooney to make a one-off return in the fund-raising game at Wembley, and the FA have now confirmed that Southgate will include him in his forthcoming squad.

But there are rumours that the former Manchester United striker is in line to return to the Three Lions fold as a one-off in the friendly clash with U.S. at Wembley on November 15.

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 global football past year.

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

He said at the time: "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 United States of America and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game". He is also Manchester United's record goal-scorer (253).

He will not be a part of England's squad for a Nations League clash against Croatia at Wembley three days after the United States game.

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.

Rooney retired from worldwide football after turning down a call-up to the Three Lions squad for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia in late 2017. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.

Unfortunately, the fairytale ended this week as Rooney missed a penalty in a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to the Columbus Crew.

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