Wayne Rooney returns to the England national team squad

Wayne Rooney returns to the England national team squad

Wayne Rooney returns to the England national team squad

The reward is a 120th cap for Rooney, and it is hoped the fixture will raise more than £500,000 for various charities, including the player's own Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Rooney, 33, joined D.C. this summer after a glittering career with Manchester United and Everton, as well as on the worldwide stage with England. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process".

Playing for England has always been special to me. He retired the following August as England's all-time top scorer with 53 goals from 119 appearances. "It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.".

Rooney captained the worldwide side 23 times.

The 33-year-old, now playing in Major League Soccer with DC United, has not played for England in nearly two years, but the match at Wembley a week on Thursday is set to be his 120th senior appearance in an England shirt.

"Wayne Rooney finished with England, Gareth Southgate moved on and I don't agree with this at all".

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Rooney has scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for DC United during his short spell in MLS, while Ronaldo has seven goals in 13 outings for Juve.

Wayne Rooney has won more caps than any other England outfield player.

The statement added: "Following this FA initiative, the Wembley crowd will now get the chance to show their appreciation of one of England's greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships".

The global friendly, set to take place on November 15, has been dubbed The Wayne Rooney Foundation worldwide and some of the proceeds from the game will go towards the Manchester United great's charity.

"This tribute to Wayne is a unique opportunity that is befitting of our nation's record goalscorer", said Southgate.

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