Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Wayne Rooney is coming out of retirement for one last England match

Wayne Rooney is coming out of retirement for one last England match

Wayne Rooney will win his 120th England cap later this month after Gareth Southgate sanctioned a farewell appearance for the DC United forward against the United States at Wembley on November 15, the English Football Association (FA) has announced.

The 33-year-old, now playing in Major League Soccer with DC United, has not played for England in nearly two years, but the match at Wembley a week on Thursday is set to be his 120th senior appearance in an England shirt.

The Three Lions' all-time top goalscorer will be named in Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming fund-raising charity game against the USA national team on November 15, according to The Sun.

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.

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"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 (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process".

Rooney's 120th cap will come more than 14 months after initially calling time on his global career, but Sky Sports News understands reports suggesting he will also be made captain for the game are wide of the mark.

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.

The team went out on penalties to Columbus Crew.

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

"The connection between the FA and former England players is something that has always been very important to me", Southgate said.

"We all look forward to the occasion and lending support to a number of good causes through the Wayne Rooney Foundation".

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