Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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Wayne Rooney: England's record goalscorer set for farewell appearance

Wayne Rooney: England's record goalscorer set for farewell appearance

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.

Rooney has been in excellent form for DC United, scoring 12 times and laying on six assists in just 21 appearances.

The 33-year-old - England's record goalscorer with 53 - has not played for the Three Lions since a 3-0 victory over Scotland in November 2016. He is also Manchester United's record goal-scorer (253).

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.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", Rooney said in an FA statement.


"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me. It's fitting the match will be against the US".

More recently, in September this year, Holland honoured Wesley Sneijder as he made his final appearance in a friendly against Peru.

Rooney won the majority of his global caps while playing for Manchester United and was dropped by Southgate during his final year at Old Trafford, in early 2017.

News of a recall for Rooney comes after he single-handedly turned D.C United's season around following his move across the pond.

Sources had told ESPN FC of the plans on Sunday, and later in the day the FA said in a statement: "England's fixture against the U.S. is to be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the legend's charitable interests".

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