Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wayne Rooney's England career: See how he changed through the years

Wayne Rooney's England career: See how he changed through the years

Rooney is back in England to make his final worldwide appearance in Thursday's friendly match with the United States at Wembley.

'No, when I first came into the England setup Wayne was captain and he welcomed me, put his arm around me and made me feel at home.

"I think it is fitting and having seen him in training, it won't change the quality of what we are trying to do, but we have to balance it with trying to get some of the younger players some time ahead of Sunday (when they play Croatia)", he said.

Wayne Rooney is all set to win his 120th and final (you'd assume) global cap when he turns out for England one last time at Wembley. As soon as he comes on tomorrow I'll be giving him that armband back'.

The Manchester City midfielder also confirmed the players will give Rooney a guard of honour.

"The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number ten". We have spoken a lot about doing things our own way, we did that right through the summer.

England striker Wayne Rooney.

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Rooney released an official statement, via his official website, explaining his decision, even though Gareth Southgate had wanted to include him in his upcoming England squad following a positive return to Everton.

The former club captain departed for boyhood side Everton in July previous year after struggling to find regular first-team football under Jose Mourinho, before leaving England to join DC United in June.

"It's been disappointing to see him (Wayne) nearly have to defend his inclusion. The most important thing is that within the England group we value what he has done and what he has given", he said.

'He is a huge leader within our group and I have really enjoyed working with him. He was at the front and centre of England from the age of 17.

Jadon Sancho is set to be handed his full England debut, according to Sky sources, but Southgate remained coy on the inclusion of his youngsters. "Especially after the last twelve months the hard work has paid off".

"Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy, as we look to drive the success on the pitch that the club and our fans expect", Woodward said. Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team. "The competition for places is really intense and we need that".

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