Wayne Rooney set for shock return to the England national team

Wayne Rooney set for shock return to the England national team

But there are rumours that the former Manchester United striker is in line to return to the Three Lions fold as a one-off in the friendly clash with U.S. at Wembley on November 15.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again", said Rooney in a statement issued by the FA that billed the game as his "final England appearance".

He said at the time: "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. It's fitting that the match will be against the US and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the U.S. as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency.

Rooney will be keen to go out on a high against his adopted country having missed a penalty in DC United's shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the play-offs on Thursday night.

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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 US is to be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the legend's charitable interests".

Rooney represented England in six major tournaments between 2004 and 2016, and was a member of the squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

His last worldwide appearance was as captain in a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November 2016.

The 33-year-old announced his global retirement in August 2017, but has been in superb form for Major League Soccer side DC United, helping his new club earn a spot in the Play Offs.

Rooney won the majority of his global caps while playing for Manchester United and was dropped by Southgate during his final year at Old Trafford, in early 2017.

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