Wayne Rooney to return for England farewell vs United States at Wembley

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago

Wayne Rooney is to come out of England retirement for a final one-off appearance against the United States in an global friendly at Wembley this month, the Football Association announced Sunday.

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.

But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington, will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture on November 15. Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

"It's been two years since Wayne last played, England are on a new threshold and have just had a great World Cup but are going backwards with this".

Despite Rooney's impressive form in the MLS since moving to DC United in July, where he helped the team into the playoffs after scoring 12 goals in 21 games, his return to the England set-up is purely on a one-off basis, sources have told ESPN FC.

Peter Shilton disagrees with Wayne Rooney's inclusion in the England squad to face U.S., claiming that it devalues the honour of representing the Three Lions.

"That's not to say that Wayne does not deserve a tribute but give him a presentation, don't just give caps away which is wrong and also denies a young player a chance as well".

"Given Wayne retired from worldwide football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest? But they should not turn an worldwide match into a testimonial".

Rooney will not be a part of England's squad for a Nations League clash against Croatia at Wembley three days after the United States game.

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