Rooney excited to see what fearless England are capable of


Rooney, 33, will make his 120th and final appearance for England against the US men's national team at Wembley on Thursday, in a fixture renamed the "Wayne Rooney Foundation International" as he is expected to come on as a second half sub.

"England is such a an incredible team, the likes of [Raheem] Sterling and [Marcus] Rashford, all these guys and ones I have been watching throughout the years and to be able to play against them, at Wembley, is insane".

Rooney stated this ahead of The Three Lions' worldwide friendly clash with US on Thursday.

Rooney's inclusion in Gareth Southgate's England squad has been heavily criticised by fans and members of the media alike, with questions being asked as to whether Rooney has done enough to warrant the call up. But I've never been out when people have shouted abuse at me. What's important as well is that money will be raised for the children and my foundation.

"I have said that this 12 months has given as an opportunity to begin the process of identifying and offering players the opportunity to see where they are now and where they can be in the future", he explained. The odds on him to score at any time against the country where he now plays his club soccer stand at around 21/20 with the United Kingdom bookmakers. The only regret was maybe not having that last game to say thanks to the fans. "We just felt it was the right time and the right decision to make". "I am happy for this moment; rest its Gareth's call".

Rooney can not wait for his four boys to see him take the field in an England shirt one last time, especially the fact his youngest Cass Mac will be in the ground, before the family continue their new life in Washington.

Rooney has confirmed he will speak to the squad at some point during the week.

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"I'm not putting any pressure on him - I've seen bits which say 'should he be number 10?', 'Should he wear the armband?' I'm not making any demands".

He said "It is a big respect for the Football Association to give me this game".

"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".

"But sometimes you do put too much on yourself, which sometimes does affect your performances My time has been and gone".

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

"When you've had a bad game you don't want to go out for dinner". The FA are trying to move in a different direction and celebrate the players who have made an impact for their country. That's the story of my England career.