Wayne Rooney returns to England squad for US friendly at Wembley

Dean Simpson
November 5, 2018

Wayne Rooney is in line to make a sensational, one-off return to the England national team when the Three Lions take on U.S. at Wembley later this month.

The Three Lions' all-time top goal scorer will make his 120th appearance against the US in a friendly at Wembley.

At 33 years old Ronaldo just secured a huge move to Serie A champions Juventus while Rooney recently transferred to MLS side DC United.

England will use the match against the U.S. as preparation for their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on November 18.

The match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of Rooney's charitable interests, and the DC United striker is expected to win his 120th cap at Wembley.

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

Having made his worldwide debut in 2003 as England's youngest ever player, Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton as his country's leading scorer in 2015. "It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America".

"They made a huge story when I did the wink, but it was not because of the circumstances with Rooney, it was another situation".

Despite being for a good cause, and in honour of an all-time England great, Rooney's inclusion in the latest England squad has divided opinion, with some fans wanting the FA to focus on the future rather than looking at the past.

He helped the Washington side reach the play-offs where they lost to Columbus Crew on penalties.

Southgate added: 'Acknowledging the Three Lions legacy has been a major part of our journey with this current group of young players.

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