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Rooney to make England farewell against USA

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is to come out of England retirement for a final one-off appearance against the in an international friendly at Wembley this month, Association announced Sunday.

Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international for nearly two years.

But the 33-year-old, now based in the where he plays for League Soccer side DC United in Washington, will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture on November 15.

The match will be called The Foundation International in support of the striker's charity aiding disadvantaged children, with England naming the 33-year-old in his squad.

"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".

"I would like to thank and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process."

The FA added the match would give the Wembley crowd the "chance to show their appreciation of one of England's greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three World Cups and three European Championships".

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances -- the most by any -- prior to announcing his retirement from international in August 2017.

He has scored 12 times for DC United since he joined them after the end of the last English season, following a second spell at boyhood club Everton, and helped them climb from the bottom of the league ladder to the play-offs.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 20:10 IST