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Rooney set for one-off England return against USA

Rooney set for one-off England return against USA”

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will make an unexpected, one-off return to the Three Lions side to face the U.S.in November at Wembley.

The 33-year-old, now playing in Major League Soccer with DC United, has not played for England in nearly two years, but the match at Wembley a week on Thursday is set to be his 120th senior appearance in an England shirt.

And now, according to The Sun, Rooney will be included in Gareth Southgate's squad for a charity fund-raising friendly against the United States on November 15.

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

Gareth Southgate and the FA have taken the decision to include him in the squad for the upcoming friendly, which will be live on Sky Sports Main Event, and it will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of Rooney's charitable interests.

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the U.S. as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency.

Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, D.C. United Co-Chairman, said, "As a club, we are thrilled that Wayne will be honoured by the English FA after such a historic and record-setting career for the Three Lions".

It is understood Rooney's involvement with England for the fixture will be made official in the coming days.

Playing for England has always been special to me. "It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America".

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.

He made his worldwide 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.

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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