Rooney to make England farewell in one-off international friendly

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He is playing club football for DC United in Washington.

"I agreed with Wayne's decision to retire from England in August 2017".

Rooney joined DC United in June and inspired the MLS side to a stunning run of form that saw them qualify for the play-offs.

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

He had not been at his best for the previous year of his worldwide career and it was the right time to call it a day.

Sources had told ESPN FC of the plans on Sunday, and later in the day the FA said in a statement: "England's fixture against the United States of America is to be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the legend's charitable interests".

At the worldwide level, Rooney is already the most-capped outfield player in England history, and is the country's top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances to date.

The game against the USA - three days before the decisive Nations League clash with Croatia at Wembley - has been designated as a charity fund-raiser by the FA.

The match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the striker's charity aiding disadvantaged children, with England manager Gareth Southgate naming the 33-year-old in his squad. "It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.". "Acknowledging the Three Lions legacy has been a major part of our journey with this current group of young players and Wayne Rooney is a hugely significant part of that history".

Rooney retired from worldwide football after turning down a call-up to the Three Lions squad for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia in late 2017.

It has also been reported that the match will raise money for Rooney's charitable foundation.

"Wayne is England's record goalscorer and had a superb worldwide career". Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.