Wayne Rooney humbled and excited by one final chance to represent England

Sunday 04 Nov 2018
Wayne Rooney celebrates after becoming England's record goalscorer

Wayne Rooney says he’s honoured to have the opportunity to win one last cap when England host USA at Wembley Stadium later this month.

The match, which takes place on Thursday 15 November (8pm kick-off), has been designated as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the Three Lions legend’s charitable interests.

Furthermore, Rooney will be named in the squad for the game, giving the 33 year-old the chance to end his international career on the ground where he became the country’s record goalscorer two years ago.

England v USA
  • The Wayne Rooney Foundation International
  • 8pm, Thursday 15 November
  • at Wembley Stadium
  • Live on Sky Sports
"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again,” said Rooney, who fired new club DC United into the MLS play-offs after moving to America this summer.

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

"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career, so winning my 120th – and final – cap will be a particularly special moment for me.

"It’s fitting that the match will be against the USA and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game.”

Rooney retired from international duty last August and will have watched with interest as England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


As well as raising funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, the forward says he’s also pleased to have the chance to spend some time with a squad that has evolved considerably in the two years since his last cap.

"Trying to help others is a particular focus of mine now through my foundation,” said Rooney, who represented the Three Lions at six tournaments himself. 

“I have been hugely impressed with the progress of this young England team. I hope that whilst I am with the squad I can pass on some of my experience.

"I was lucky to enjoy a long and successful career with a great many people helping me to achieve my dreams. The Foundation allows me to give something back to four charities, all of whom do hugely important work."

By FA Staff