Wayne Rooney to make England return in U.S. friendly

England striker Wayne Rooney

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.

The 33-year-old announced his worldwide retirement in August 2017, but has been in superb form for Major League Soccer side DC United, helping his new club earn a spot in the Play Offs.

Money raised from the match would go towards various children's charities as well as the Wayne Rooney Foundation - the Wembley Arch will even be illuminated in the foundation's gold colours.

The 33-year-old striker will be named in Gareth Southgate's squad for a charity fund-raising friendly against the United States of America at Wembley on 15 November. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process".

The game will serve as a final chance for Southgate to fine-tune ahead of England's Nations League crunch match with Croatia on Sunday November 18.

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Rooney remains England's most-capped outfield player and second overall behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton, with 119 appearances for the national side and 53 goals, breaking the record set by Bobby Charlton.

"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".

However, his inclusion is a huge surprise and will leave Southgate and the Football Association open to the accusation that they have devalued playing for England given it is a one-off and Rooney retired from global football past year.

Rooney captained the global side 23 times.

His 12 goals in 21 DC appearances set up a meeting with Columbus Crew, but Rooney missed from the spot in DC's penalty shoot-out defeat following a 2-2 draw.

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