Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wayne Rooney returns to England squad for U.S. friendly at Wembley

Wayne Rooney returns to England squad for U.S. friendly at Wembley

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.

"I agreed with Wayne's decision to retire from England in August 2017".

In the same summer that Ronaldo sealed a £100m switch to Juventus, Rooney signalled the final throes of his career by joining Major League Soccer side DC United.

It should be the greatest honour and reward playing for your country but the reality is that the MLS is nowhere near the same level as the Premier League.

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

There is a school of thought that the FA do not allow England's greatest players a dignified exit from global football but no-one can accuse them of not treating Rooney well.

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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.

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this".

Rooney is England's all-time leading goalscorer, with 53 goals in 119 internationals.

The FA has renamed the game against the US "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" and said there would be "fundraising initiatives around the game" to support his charity.

He went on to retire from global football and was not part of England's World Cup squa in Russian Federation.

Jermain Defoe says Wayne Rooney's England return against US will be a "really special moment" and believes he can help inspire the younger players in Gareth Southgate's squad. We're fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne's vast contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS. Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

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