Wayne Rooney discusses "special" England farewell v USA

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The former England captain is being honoured with a farewell match following his worldwide retirement previous year, and the fixture - which is live on Sky Sports Main Event - will be called "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" in support of his charity.

Harry Winks is ready to learn as much as he can from Wayne Rooney - the man he considered to be the personification of the England team while he was growing up.

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Rooney scored a record 53 goals in his first 119 worldwide appearances as the spearhead of the so-called "Golden Generation", which included the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham and was criticised for failing to challenge at World Cups and European Championships.

Rooney, who now plays for MLS side DC United, will appear as a second-half substitute in the game and said his only regret in a Three Lions shirt will now be fulfilled.

Such a notion underscores that Rooney, throughout his England career, was mismanaged on a fundamental as well as tactical level for too long.

"The players obviously who I have spoke to and the FA (I) have spoken to, they agreed, they think it is right". That his return is against the U.S. is just a coincidence and not an indication he'll be playing for England again.

Everton's Michael Keane has played his way back into Gareth Southgate's England squad after missing out for over a year.

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"I made the decision to go the States and when I make a decision I tend to stick with it".

"And its important to me to give my full commitment to DC".

"I only knew it was going to happen a couple of weeks ago".

With his retirement coming over 12 months ago, Rooney explained that the FA have been talking to him about some sort of farewell for a while but a viable solution wasn't found ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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"My decision to retire was the right decision", Rooney said.

"It's something different. I'm not asking people to agree with it, but it is important that there is money raised for the Wayne Rooney Foundation", he added. I've seen talk about a loan move but I'm not prepared to do it. I'm finding my feet in the States and my children now go to school there, so it wouldn't be fair on them for me to come back and have them moving back and forward.

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