Rooney set to represent England... for one game only

The 33-year-old announced his international retirement over a year ago

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the United States of America as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency.

According to the Mirror, Cristiano said to Goalhanger films: "For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength.He never stops, he always runs, helps the team".

But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington, will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture on November 15. He's a fantastic team player and he scores goals. Strong guy, his shooting was unbelievable and he scored many goals. He was the kid of England.

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"I used to call him, between me and my mates, the pit bull".

"I remember when he lost the ball, he was so powerful".

"The boys will love to see him and if I was one of those young forwards, I would be thinking "if I can achieve even half [of what Rooney has achieved], then it's special".

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He will also get the chance to add to his tally of 53 worldwide goals, with those efforts having made him the only man to pass a half-century of strikes for the Three Lions.

Blackburn's 1995 Premier League victor turned football pundit Chris Sutton has condemned the plan in his column for the Daily Mail, and says the match with the U.S. is nothing month than an exhibition.

The 33-year-old, England's record scorer with 53 goals, will win a 120th cap in the comeback appearance on Nov. 15 - two years after his last global match against Scotland in November 2016.

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England will use the match against the US as preparation for their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on November 18. It should be the greatest honour and reward playing for your country but the reality is that the MLS is nowhere near the same level as the Premier League.

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