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Wayne Rooney returns to the England national team squad

05 November 2018
Wayne Rooney returns to the England national team squad

He is not expected to start or captain the side against the USA, but will be brought on as a substitute in a charity match arranged to raise funds for the Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

The D.C. United star will win his 120th cap in the game, which will raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation and other charities, such as children's charity NSPCC. It should be the greatest honour and reward playing for your country but the reality is that the MLS is nowhere near the same level as the Premier League.

Rooney retired from global duty in August 2017 as England's record goalscorer, while he has won more caps than any other outfield player. "It's fitting that the match will be against the U.S. and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

It is understood Rooney's involvement with England for the fixture will be made official in the coming days.

"I have been hugely impressed with the progress of this young England team".

Rooney, 33, who had by that stage lost his regular starting spot at United under Jose Mourinho, was then omitted from a series of squads by manager Southgate before announcing his global retirement in August 2017, having initially targeted this year's World Cup in Russian Federation as his swansong.

The team went out on penalties to Columbus Crew.

"For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength", Ronaldo told Goalhanger films, via Manchester Evening News.

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

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

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