Rooney Set for Shock England Return

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will make an unexpected, one-off return to the Three Lions side to face the U.S. in November at Wembley.

The 33-year-old forward has not played for his country since November 2016, has announced his international retirement the following August with immediate effect.

Following reports from various UK media outlets, the English FA confirmed that D.C. United striker will feature one more time for the national side. He’ll win his 120th cap when Gareth Southgate’s side face the United States men’s national team in a charity friendly on Thursday, November 15.

“I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again,” Rooney said in a statement to the FA. “I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process.

“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 that the match will be against the USA and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.”

Southgate said: “This tribute to Wayne is a unique opportunity that is befitting of our nation’s record goal-scorer.”