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Photos: Rooney trains ahead of farewell match

Photos: Wayne Rooney trains with England ahead of farewell match

November 12, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
He is back... for the last time!

Former England skipper Wayne Rooney partook in his country's Monday night training session at St George's Park in preparations towards his farewell game against the United States. The 33-year-old ex-Manchester United ace will reportedly be a substitute in Thursday's friendly encounter after the English FA decided to honor the nation's all-time top goalscorer with a send-off match.

Wayne Rooney, who made his debut for the Three Lions in February 2003, has scored 53 goals in 119 appearances across all competitions. Back in August 2017, the DC United striker announced his retirement from international football after he turned the opportunity to feature in World Cup qualifying games against Malta and Slovakia.

On Monday, he was pictured in training among 26 other members of the England squad ahead of his 120th cap. Early on, a video comment released by Rooney's club DC United showed him highlight the nostalgia in linking up with his compatriots. 

"Playing on the squad for this game and see some old teammates, see Gareth and the coaching staff, and then obviously to play at Wembley for the last time will be a great moment," Rooney said.

"To see old teammates, coaches and be around them for a few days, but also to see the fans -- it'll be great to pull on the England shirt again in front of the fans in almost a way of me saying thank you to the fans for the support you've shown me over my time playing for England.

"Obviously it's a huge honor for the FA to grant me this game. It's an important game, obviously. The money will be raised for children's charities, which I think is really important," he added.

"I have to admit I don't know how much I'm going to play, whether that's from the start or whether that's the last few minutes.

"I'll speak to Gareth before we meet up. Whatever he wants me then to play I'm happy to do so."

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