Wayne Rooney to return to England squad for friendly match against USA

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Wayne Rooney will make his first worldwide appearance for two years after he was named in England's squad to face United States at Wembley.

The DC United striker has been in excellent club form in MLS, scoring 12 goals to help them reach the play-offs, and he is set to earn his 120th and final England cap in a match that will raise funds in support of his own charity, the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Rooney, England's record goal scorer, announced his retirement from worldwide football in August 2017 after Gareth Southgate told him that he would only play a limited part in his team going forward.

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. "I would like to thank (manager) Gareth Southgate and the FA for inviting me back and helping to support my foundation in the process. It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America".

He will not be a part of England's squad for a Nations League clash against Croatia at Wembley three days after the United States game.

He scored his last goal for his country against Iceland in the Three Lions' 2-1 defeat at Euro 2016 that saw them eliminated in the round-of-16 and won his final cap later that year in November, in a 3-0 victory over Scotland.

England's all-time top scorer called time on his global career in August 2017 after winning 119 caps and scoring 53 goals for his country.

The former England captain is second on the all-time list of appearances made for England and now six behind Peter Shilton's record of 125. We're fortunate that circumstances have allowed us to formally acknowledge Wayne's enormous contribution to England in front of the Wembley crowd and against apt opponents given the recent impact he has made in MLS.

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