Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wayne Rooney to captain England in farewell friendly match against the USA

Wayne Rooney to captain England in farewell friendly match against the USA

Rooney will make his 120th and final worldwide appearance in a friendly against the United States at Wembley on Thursday.

England's Wayne Rooney during training on Wednesday.

"The money will be raised for children's charities, which I think is really important", Rooney said.

He added: "When I came into the England set-up Wayne was captain, he welcomed me and made me feel at home".

"Obviously some players I have played with, some players I haven't but it was nice to see all the players and the staff and the reception they gave me was fantastic, so it's great to be back".

"It is going to be a huge night for Wayne and it is important we honour him for all of his achievements". "He's got 119 caps right now and this last cap will make it special for him", Antonio told Omnisport.

"We are delighted to have him with us".

"At that time Everton had signed three or four players similar to Wayne", he said. We have spoken a lot about doing things our own way, we did that right through the summer.

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The encounter will see record goalscorer Wayne Rooney return to make one final appearance for the Three Lions.

"It's been disappointing to see him (Wayne) nearly have to defend his inclusion".

"I have stayed focused I have stayed dedicated and I have worked really hard".

"The world he had to live and grow up in". Aged just 17 years and 317 days, Rooney became the youngest player to score for England, equalising in a 2-1 away victory over Macedonia in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying match. "It is incredible to live your life and grow up in that spotlight and excel within it".

And Rosenior finds the parallel between Rooney and Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho - gearing up for his full debut this evening - an interesting one.

"Maybe if we had those players in this era, when there does seem to be a lot more coaching, a lot more intelligence in terms of how the teams are prepared and set up, I think a lot of coaches, the likes of Guardiola and Klopp coming into the Premier League, are helping a lot of our young players".

"If we believe players are good enough then we will give them their opportunity". In terms of Ronald Koeman when he was there, we spoke about Fulham, it's awesome Everton were the same thing in terms of spending but with no real plan, and Wayne was a part of that.

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