Rooney's farewell drives Wembley ticket rush

Ross Houston
November 15, 2018

Wayne Rooney's one-off return for the English national team has caused plenty of uproar but the Three Lions legend is focused on one thing: saying thanks.

And yet, somehow, amid all the tumult that existed alongside his England career, from stepping on Cristiano Ronaldo's testicles to Sam Allardyce, Rooney became England's all-time leading scorer, doing the same thing for England's most successful club as well.

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Not long after arriving back in England from Washington, the former Manchester United captain met up with his global team-mates at the Football Association base, some of whom were only children when Rooney made his worldwide debut in 2003.

But Rooney put to bed speculation and insisted he will finish his career in the USA.

"I made the decision to obviously go to the States", he said. "It's important I give my full commitment to DC", he said.

"I saw over two years ago the talent we had with the young players", he added. I've seen talk about a loan move but I'm not prepared to do it.

Rooney proved a real hit on his debut season in the MLS. Kane, 25, has already scored 19 goals for his country in 34 appearances, putting him on pace to smash Rooney's record.

Southgate later suggested that Rooney be called back in for a farewell game before the 2018 World Cup, but Rooney said he declined because he did not want the occasion to distract from England's preparations.

"It will be my last game".

"To run out at Wembley again will be something I will be proud of and it will be a special moment".

England carried on the momentum from their World Cup campaign by inflicting Spain's first competitive defeat on home soil for 15 years in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Seville last month.

Rooney was part of a "Golden Generation" of England players who failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals of any major tournament.

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

At a press conference on Wednesday, Rooney said he understood the criticism and would have not agreed to the farewell appearance if the cap meant infringing on Shilton's record or that of another field player.

"I could see the younger players and I felt it was the right time for me to stop playing and for younger lads to step in and be given that opportunity".

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