DC United

Wayne Rooney to captain England in his final international game

wayne_rooney.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Rooney to captain England in his final international game

By Joey Sabet

Wayne Rooney will wear his familiar No. 10 shirt Thursday night in his final match for England, when the Three Lions meet the United States in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium in London.

Rooney, who will earn his 120th cap for England, will start the match on the bench before entering, according to his manager Gareth Southgate.

“All of our group have great respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should be in the No. 10,” Southgate said in a news conference Wednesday.

The D.C. United forward’s 53 goals with England is most in his country’s decorated soccer history, and no English outfield player has more international appearances than Rooney.

He left Everton Football Club to join D.C. United midway through the 2018 MLS season, appearing in 20 games and starting 18.

Despite his relatively brief time with the club, his 12 goals led United, and he spearheaded a turnaround that took the team from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to a berth in the postseason, where they fell in the opening round to the Columbus Crew in penalty kicks.

MORE D.C. UNITED NEWS:

With new contract extension, D.C. United's Ben Olsen still longest tenured pro coach in Washington

dc_united_coach_ben_olsen.jpg
USA Today Sports images

With new contract extension, D.C. United's Ben Olsen still longest tenured pro coach in Washington

D.C. United have announced Ben Olsen will remain with the club for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension.

Olsen lead the club on a 11-2-4 run to finish out the season, vaulting them from the depths of the Eastern Conference into playoff positioning.

The club's mid-season performance cemented a fourth-place seeding and a qualification to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, ultimately falling to Columbus Crew F.C. in the second round.

Olsen has been a staple in the club's success over the past 21 seasons, transitioning from a key member of the rotation into a coaching role following his retirement in 2010.

After rising up the totem pole midway through the year, Olsen was named Head Coach and hasn't looked back since.

Through eight seasons at the helm, Olsen has lead the club to 95 MLS regular season wins, five playoff berths, and was leading the pack when United won the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

"I am thrilled that ownership has shown faith in the path my staff and I are taking with this extension," said Olsen. "Our aim is to continue to put a team on the field that our fans and community will identify with and be proud of. The major goal, however, remains the same since the day I took the job and that’s to bring trophies back to D.C."

One of the most notable members in the club's history, Olsen won two MLS Cups (1999 & 2004) as a player, and had an outstanding career with the U.S. Men's National Team.

D.C. Current Professional Head Coaching Tenures:

Ben Olsen (United): 2010 - Present
Mike Thibault (Mystics) 2013 - Present
Jay Gruden (Redskins): 2014 - Present
Scott Brooks (Wizards): 2016 - Present
Dave Martinez (Nationals): 2018 - Present
Benji McDowell (Valor): 2018 - Present

MORE D.C. UNITED NEWS:

Wayne Rooney charged with misdemeanor after incident at Washington-area airport

rooney1.png
USA TODAY Sports Images

Wayne Rooney charged with misdemeanor after incident at Washington-area airport

D.C. United star Wayne Rooney was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public swearing and intoxication, according to Loudon General District Court records.

The arrest, which happened on December 16, was first reported on Sunday by ABC 7.  He was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police at Dulles International Airport after an incident at the International arrivals gate.

"Mr. Rooney had triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security," a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said in an emailed statement. "Mr. Rooney was charged with public intoxication and transported to Loudon County Detention Center to be held until sober."

According to court records, Rooney was released on his own recognizance and paid a $25 fine.

"We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December," a D.C. United spokesperson emailed in a statement. "We understand the media's interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation."

The former English national team captain signed with D.C. United in late June. He led the team with 12 goals and had 20 assists in 20 games. 

Paul Stretford, Rooney's agent, told the Washington Post that Rooney “took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanor charge," he said. 

“The matter is now at an end. Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.”

MORE ROONEY NEWS: