Rooney Prepares For Final England Appearance

Wayne Rooney has said he feels like he’s never been away as he prepares for his final England appearance this week, when the the Three Lions play USA at Wembley.

The DC United striker will come out of international retirement to win his 120th and final cap, coming on as a late substitute during Thursday’s friendly, although will not be wearing the No. 10 shirt.

On Monday he was back in the England camp training with the rest of the England squad. The 33-year-old will come on in the closing stages of Thursday’s match with the blessing of England manager Gareth Southgate, however he will not play in the UEFA Nations League match with Croatia on Sunday.

The friendly match with the USA will be dedicated to supporting the Wayne Rooney Foundation, with supporters able to donate to the Foundation via fundraising events in and around Wembley or by texting ROONEY to 70456 (£5) or 70577 (£10) to donate.

‘It has been great to be back,’ he told the FA website.

‘I know all the players, and there are a lot who I have played with who are in the squad.

‘I know Gareth and the coaching staff too and being back in this environment is a privilege; it’s something I’ve been looking forward to and I’m going to enjoy it.

‘It will be great to run out one last time in an England shirt and playing at Wembley again is a way for me to be able to say thank you to the fans for all the support they’ve given me over the last 15 years.

‘It will be a nice to thank them and say goodbye – something I didn’t get to do properly in my previous game. To do that will be very special before I return to being a fan.’