Wayne Rooney to make England comeback


Wayne Rooney is set to come out of global retirement for England's friendly against the United States later this month to mark his contribution to the national team.

Rooney, who will be making his 120th appearance for his country, called time on his England career just as new manager Gareth Southgate was putting his faith in younger player towards the start of his tenure.

The game will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation and the game could raise more than £500,000 for various children's charities.

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

"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me".

Rooney retired from worldwide duty in August 2017 as England's record goalscorer, while he has won more caps than any other outfield player.

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It is understood Rooney's involvement with England for the fixture will be made official in the coming days. "It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America".

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 worldwide football previous year. I hope that whilst I am with the squad I can pass on some of my experience.

The Sun On Sunday exclusively revealed that Gareth Southgate and the FA have been planning how to pay tribute to the country's all-time leading goalscorer since he announced his retirement more than 14 months ago.

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the United States of America as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency. Their season ended on Thursday night when they suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the play-offs.

At the time the 33-year-old announced his decision to retire in a low-key statement. We're fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne's huge contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS.