Wayne Rooney set for England farewell match

England striker Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney's last match for England was in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland in November 2016

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.

Rooney, England's record goal scorer, announced his retirement from worldwide football in August 2017 after Gareth Southgate told him that he would only play a limited part in his team going forward.

There is a strong charity element to Rooney's inclusion as it is hoped it will help raise around £500,000 for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which helps various charities including the NSPCC. The arches of Wembley will be lit up in gold - the colours of his charity - for the match. "I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and the Football Association for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process", Rooney said in a statement.

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Rooney remains England's most-capped outfield player and second overall behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton, with 119 appearances for the national side and 53 goals, breaking the record set by Bobby Charlton. "It's fitting the match will be against the US".

"I have been hugely impressed with the progress of this young England team".

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Although Harry Kane is the current England captain, he will give the armband over to Rooney for the special occasion.

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

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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The player's rich vein of form, alongside his popularity among England supporters and the feeling of progress made under Southgate, have helped the FA with the decision. We're fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne's enormous contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS.

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