Wayne Rooney to captain England in farewell friendly match against the USA

Annette Crawford
November 16, 2018

Gareth Southgate will be true to his word in pledging to continue England's evolution - despite the return of Wayne Rooney - by giving debuts to three players in tonight's friendly against the United States at Wembley.

Southgate revealed: "Wayne will come on with the No 10, there won't be a No 10 to start".

Rooney walked out accompanied by his family and was presented a commemorative plaque by Harry Kane and FA Chairman Greg Clarke, ahead of his final performance for England.

Team USA will visit the Three Lions on Thursday at Wembley Stadium in an exhibition game, which also draws the curtain on Rooney's worldwide soccer career.


After some deliberation, it has been decided that Rooney will be given the captain's armband whenever he enters off the bench and will also receive a guard of honor.

"When he puts that shirt on his wall at the end of his career, it will have been a special night and the 10 is the number he has there".

The 33-year-old may not be first choice for England anymore, but he's still been having an excellent time in the MLS.

The Englishman played 21 matches and scored 12 goals in the 2018 season, grabbing six assists as well.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER