Farewell cap for Wayne Rooney doesn't cheapen anything - it's a nice gesture

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Rooney, who retired from worldwide football in 2017, will be part of the England squad that faces the United States at Wembley on 15 November.

Former Three Lions captain Rooney last played for England in November 2016 but will make his 120th and final appearance for his country against the United States.

Ronaldo and Rooney spent five years together at Manchester United where they won the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

England will use the match against the United States of America as preparation for their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on November 18.

Having made his global debut in 2003 as England's youngest ever player, Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton as his country's leading scorer in 2015.

Wayne Rooney retired from worldwide duty in August 2017 but will play for England again for charity.

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The game has been earmarked to raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which is seeking to raise over £500,000 for various children's charities including the NSPCC.

He said: "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches".

"But England play Croatia in the Nations League three days after this US match, so turning it into a testimonial means Gareth's players will not be preparing properly for the important game which follows it", Shearer added.

Although Harry Kane is the current England captain, he will give the armband over to Rooney for the special occasion.

"They made a huge story when I did the wink, but it was not because of the circumstances with Rooney, it was another situation". But I don't think you can give caps out like gifts of presents.

"The connection between the FA and former England players is something that has always been very important to me", Southgate said. Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

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