Wayne Rooney is in line to make a sensational, one-off return to the England national team when the Three Lions take on U.S. at Wembley later this month.
The DC United striker has been in excellent club form in MLS, scoring 12 goals to help them reach the play-offs, and he is set to earn his 120th and final England cap in a match that will raise funds in support of his own charity, the Wayne Rooney Foundation.
Gareth Southgate and the FA have taken the decision to include him in the squad for the upcoming friendly, which will be live on Sky Sports Main Event, and it will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of Rooney's charitable interests.
Those talks have gone well and Rooney is set to be given his chance to say goodbye in the friendly against the United States of America at Wembley on November 15.
Yet the move still risks accusations of the FA devaluing the fixture, which comes three days before England's potentially decisive Nations League tie with Croatia at the same venue. "It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.". I hope that whilst I am with the squad I can pass on some of my experience.
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Rooney is not expected to captain the side and it is understood that he will not start the match either.
The Sun On Sunday exclusively revealed that Gareth Southgate and the FA have been planning how to pay tribute to the country's all-time leading goalscorer since he announced his retirement more than 14 months ago.
"The connection between the FA and former England players is something that has always been very important to me", Southgate said.
Neither Podolski nor Sneijder were out of worldwide football for as long as Rooney, 33, who announced his England retirement in August 2017 after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.