Wayne Rooney will return to the England team this week for the friendly match against the United States with the Football Association to honor the national team's top scorer for his efforts during his long career.
Gareth Southgate made the surprising decision to remember Rooney, who retired from international football last year, for the friendly match at Wembley on November 15. The 33-year-old is expected to start among the substitutes, but the intention is to take him to his 120th limit and try to increase his record of 53 goals. The DC United striker is not expected to be the captain of the team.
The game has been earmarked to raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which seeks to raise more than £ 500,000 for various charities for children, including the NSPCC. However, the measure still runs the risk that the accusations of the FA devaluate the accessory, which occurs three days before the decisive tie of England in the League of Nations with Croatia in the same place. The Southgate team could still hope to lead the group of three teams depending on the outcome of the Croatian game with Spain in Zagreb on the same night as the England friendly against the United States.
The governing body and the national manager consider these unique circumstances, and potentially a unique occasion in a generation. It will be compared to the expulsion that Germany awarded Lukas Podolski against England in Dortmund last year, as he retired after 130 games. Or, in fact, the celebration that the Netherlands offered Wesley Sneijder in his 134th and final match against Peru in September.
None of those players had been offstage at this level while Rooney, who announced his retirement in August 2017, after declining the opportunity to participate in the team for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. However, the FA wanted to acknowledge Rooney's achievements with the national side, particularly given the abrupt nature of his retirement from the team.
Southgate, who announces his squad on Thursday, expects the presence of the former Everton and Manchester United striker at St George's Park to prepare for the US game. UU Be a good influence for the younger players of the facility, such as Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison were included in the game that was played in Croatia and Spain last month.
Rooney's career with England lasted for almost 14 years and included periods under six managers, making his debut in February 2003, and he captained the team in 23 of its 119 chapters. He has been in prolific form since moving to Major League Soccer in the summer, scoring 12 goals in 18 starts for DC United to push them from the bottom of the table to the end of the season's play-offs. However, his lack of penalty in the play-off against Columbus Crew meant that his team was defeated in the first round.