Wayne Rooney to captain England in farewell
Wayne Rooney will captain England in his farewell game against the U.S. national team on Thursday.
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Rooney, 33, will win his 120th and final Three Lions cap at Wembley against the USMNT, with the English FA inviting the D.C. United striker back to play in one last game after he retire from the international game in August 2017.
Many have questioned the decision for Rooney to return but England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed he will captain the team when he comes on as a second half sub against the USMNT and that the entire squad felt “it is a fitting tribute” for Rooney.
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England’s all-time leading goalscorer will also wear his famous number 10 jersey, at the request of the playing squad.
The friendly against the U.S. has been named the “Wayne Rooney Foundation International” and Fabian Delph, who will captain England at the start of the game, confirmed he will hand the armband to Rooney and that the players will give him a guard of honor when he comes onto the pitch.
It is sure to be an emotional night for Rooney and his family on Thursday and his farewell game will be a fitting tribute to his 13-year England career.