Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Ruben Hill
November 13, 2018

"It's an important night to try to raise money for the children [through the Wayne Rooney Foundation], which I'm really close to".

The D.C. United forward will win his 120th England cap on Thursday after Gareth Southgate sanctioned an appearance in the friendly with the United States at Wembley, two years after announcing his worldwide retirement.

Former Manchester United and Everton striker Rooney ended his global career with 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

It was perhaps a timely reminder to some critics who believe Rooney should not be handed a final England appearance simply for old time's sake, and that he should earn the right to play again at Wembley.

"Let's celebrate each other's achievements".

Rooney, 33, is England's all-time leading scorer with 53 goals but has not represented his country since lining up against Scotland at Wembley in November 2016 and the decision to recall him has split opinion.

'As a manager, my involvement was if I was happy for him to play some part in the game and I said yes, because I'm still able to look to the future with the players I've selected. It would have been nice to win something.

"I appreciate my time in the England squad". There were great memories and I made great friends.

"The players I've spoke to agree and as a country, we haven't done anything like this before. But I'm not asking people to agree with it". "It is an important match for me and to score would be flawless, but if it doesn't happen, I'm not going to let that ruin the occasion".

The former captain could only watch on as a supporter as England reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 in the summer.

Asked what his proudest moment was, Rooney replied: "The goal against Switzerland to break the record was a hugely special moment for me".

Rooney's season in America came to an end with defeat in the MLS play-off but he has ruled out a return to Europe in the off-season and said he plans to finish his career in America.

"We have had the idea for 12 months", he said about his farewell appearance. The most important thing is we both felt it was right, the players I've spoken to and the FA have spoken to agreed, and as a country we haven't done anything like this before and I hope in 10, 15 years' time we're sat here for someone, say a Harry Kane, who could possibly go on and get the goalscoring record, that it will happen again.

"The players were preparing for the biggest tournament in football".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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