Wayne Rooney set for shock England return for U.S. friendly at Wembley

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 forward has not played for his country since November 2016, having announced his international retirement the following August with immediate effect.

Following reports from various UK media outlets, the English FA confirmed that the D.C. United striker will feature one more time for the national side. He'll win his 120th cap when Gareth Southgate’s side face the United States men's national team in a charity friendly on Thursday November 15.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again," Rooney said in a statement to the FA. "I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process.

"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. It’s fitting that the match will be against the USA and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game."

Southgate said: “This tribute to Wayne is a unique opportunity that is befitting of our nation’s record goal-scorer.

"We’re fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne’s immense contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS."


The match will look to raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation and other charities, such as children's charity NSPCC.

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.

He made his international 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.

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