Wayne Rooney set for shock return to the England national team


Rooney, 33, is set to make a shock return to the England squad when Gareth Southgate's side take on US in a friendly next month.

Wayne Rooney is set to return to the Three Lions fold one last time as Gareth Southgate looks to give him the worldwide send off he deserves in his final appearance.

Rooney, 33, joined D.C. this summer after a glittering career with Manchester United and Everton, as well as on the global stage with England.

England's all-time top scorer called time on his worldwide career in August 2017 after winning 119 caps and scoring 53 goals for his country. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process. It's fitting that the match will be against the United States of America and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

The DC United striker, who retired from global football in August 2017, will make a one-off comeback in the fund-raising friendly to honour a record-breaking worldwide career, according to The Sun.

Rooney is not expected to captain the side and it is understood that he will not start the match either.

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The game against the US - three days before the decisive Nations League clash with Croatia at Wembley - has been designated as a charity fund-raiser by the FA.

The report adds that the game will also raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which helps various children's charities including the NSPCC.

His last global appearance was as captain in a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November 2016.

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.

The team went out on penalties to Columbus Crew.

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