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Rooney set to represent England... for one game only

Rooney set to represent England... for one game only

He has scored 12 times for DC United since he joined the MLS side from Everton last summer, taking them from the bottom of the league to the play-offs.

Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played worldwide football for almost two years.

There is a school of thought that the FA do not allow England's greatest players a dignified exit from worldwide football but no-one can accuse them of not treating Rooney well.

According to the Mirror, Cristiano said to Goalhanger films: "For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength.He never stops, he always runs, helps the team". I miss playing with him. "Maybe we'll play one day together again".

"I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process".

News of Rooney's worldwide return comes from The Sun, who state that Rooney will be given the chance to captain England against the US on 15 November.

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At the global level, Rooney is already the most-capped outfield player in England history, and is the country's top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances to date. "It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America". A source told The Sun: "It will give England fans the chance to say a fond farewell to a much-loved player while raising money for worthwhile causes".

He has featured in three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and three European Championships (2004, 2012, 2016) for the Three Lions, and captained the squad at Euro 2016.

Rooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.

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.

Yet the move still risks accusations of the FA devaluing the fixture, which comes three days before England's potentially decisive Nations League tie with Croatia at the same venue.