Wayne Rooney's England career in pictures

Hope Soto
November 16, 2018

The D.C. United forward will win his 120th England cap on Thursday after Gareth Southgate sanctioned an appearance in the friendly with the United States at Wembley, two years after announcing his global retirement.

Former Manchester United and Everton striker Rooney ended his global career with 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

"Fearless", said Rooney when asked what set Southgate apart from the other five England managers he played under.

"Whether people agree with it or not, it's something that's happening", he added.

"I think what is important, as well as that the game is going to go ahead and that I'm going to take part, is that there would be money raised for the children as well in the Wayne Rooney Foundation which is important to me".

"I could see the younger players and I felt it was the right time for me to stop playing and for younger lads to step in and be given that opportunity".

"We both felt it was the right time to do it (now), my season in the States is over, and it's against the U.S. and it's a friendly match before the lads play against Croatia on Sunday".

"It is really sad when managers get sacked and they talk to you for the last time and see how visibly upset they are. We both felt it was right now though".

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"It's not important", Rooney said.

Rooney insisted he has no regrets on retiring from worldwide football a year before the World Cup, but admitted even he was surprised at how quickly Southgate's squad matured into contenders to be world champions.

But the Football Association said the match against the U.S. was an opportunity to "honour" the 33-year-old's "record-breaking worldwide career". "It's a chance now for this new generation of players to take up that mantle".

However, he did confirm Manchester City's Delph will wear the armband for the first time, while Rooney will be able to wear his old number, which was worn by Raheem Sterling at the World Cup.

"I'm not normally one to show my emotions that way, but when I scored the penalty against Switzerland it was hard to hold my emotions back".

Rooney played his last game for Scotland in November 2016 and retired in August 2017 after England coach Gareth Southgate called him up for England's World Cup qualifiers the next month. Some good games, some bad games.

The striker is the country's all-time leading goalscorer with 53 goals.

"It's a huge honour in your career - probably the biggest honour you can have, to play for your country and represent them in a major tournament, so enjoy it". That's the story of my England career.

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