Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Wayne Rooney's England return surprises record caps holder Peter Shilton

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago
| 05 November, 2018, 23:14

Rooney, who now plays for MLS side DC United, had ended his global career with 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

"We have never done that with other players".

"He scored many goals, what can I say?"

Gareth Southgate has agreed to allow Rooney a "farewell" one-off appearance to earn his 120th cap for England.

Wayne Rooney is in line to come out of England retirement for a one-off appearance against the United States in an worldwide friendly at Wembley later this month, Britain's Sun tabloid reported.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", said Rooney in a statement issued by the FA that billed the game as his "final England appearance".

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he might reunite with his former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney in the MLS.


Rooney moved to America earlier this year to play MLS football with DC United.

"Playing for England was the greatest honor of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me".

Rooney's last appearance for England came in November 2016 in a 3-0 victory over Scotland.

He helped the Washington side reach the play-offs where they lost to Columbus Crew on penalties.

"But England play Croatia in the Nations League three days after this US match, so turning it into a testimonial means Gareth's players will not be preparing properly for the important game which follows it", Shearer added.

Both men still have plenty of football at the highest level left in them, with Rooney about to rejoin the England fold for one final global outing, and it could be that their paths cross again before either slips into retirement.

He 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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