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Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney Set For Shock England Recall v USA

Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney Set For Shock England Recall v USA

The match - which will be held at Wembley and will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation - will be the DC United forward's 120th for England.

He is playing club football for DC United in Washington.

"With players like that, you have to be a sponge, you have to think "I am going to get a little bit from that".

England's all-time top scorer called time on his global career in August 2017 after winning 119 caps and scoring 53 goals for his country.

So when I arrived back in England I was kind of afraid, not because of Rooney but because of England supporters. "It's fitting the match will be against the US".

Unfortunately, the fairytale ended this week as Rooney missed a penalty in a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to the Columbus Crew.

Gareth Southgate phased Rooney out of his plans, leading to the striker's retirement, but the England manager is pleased to be welcoming the 33-year-old temporarily back into the fold.

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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.

However, now Wazza will train and play for England once more in what is set to be his very final appearance in an England shirt.

"England's fixture against the United States of America is to be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the legend's charitable interests".

Shearer added on the questionable logic of bringing Rooney back into a squad which has moved on from his era: "Were Wayne to be England's best player against the United States of America, I would not get excited".

The FA added the match would give the Wembley crowd the "chance to show their appreciation of one of England's greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships".

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


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