Rooney set for one-off England return against USA

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"And using next week's friendly between England and the US to raise money for charity is a brilliant idea".

The Football Association have confirmed England's all-time leading goalscorer will be included in Gareth Southgate's squad to face USA.

The game will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

"But I keep hearing managers and players complaining that there is too much football.And now we are to have a testimonial in mid-November".

Including him against the USA, so close to England's important Uefa Nations League fixture against Croatia a few days later, means that the occasion can turn into the "Wayne Rooney Show" and become a distraction.

The duo have also clashed at the global level during the 2006 World Cup when Ronaldo engineered Rooney's sending off following his stamp on Ricardo Carvalho.

He has featured in three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and three European Championships (2004, 2012, 2016) for the Three Lions, and captained the squad at Euro 2016.

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He is the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton who won 125 caps.

"I was shocked when I read it and I'm still struggling to understand the decision" said Shilton in the Mirror.

"That's not to say that Wayne does not deserve a tribute but give him a presentation, don't just give caps away which is wrong and also denies a young player a chance as well".

He wrote on Twitter: "I don't agree with giving Wayne Rooney a cap against United States of America, caps should be given on merit!"

"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me".

"Wayne Rooney finished with England, Gareth Southgate moved on and I don't agree with this at all".

"Given Wayne retired from worldwide football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest?"

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