Rooney: my Wembley send-off has been planned for a year

Wayne Rooney will make his final farewell as England's greatest ever goalscorer in a friendly against the United States on Thursday, but is excited at what a young squad can achieve under "fearless" coach Gareth Southgate in the years to come.

Former Manchester United and Everton striker Rooney ended his worldwide career with 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

Rooney stated this ahead of The Three Lions' global friendly clash with United States of America on Thursday. "As a country we haven't done anything like this before but I hope that in 10-15 years' time we're doing it for someone like Harry Kane, who could go on to get the goalscoring record".

Sarachan - who has been in interim charge of the U.S. for over a year - was equally positive about Rooney's impact on MLS, saying: It's been what I thought it would be like with a guy like Wayne Rooney.

On the Website of the club, he said, "I do not know how much I am going to play in the game. l will speak to Gareth Southgate (The manager of the club) and play for the time whatever he gives me".

"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". Stuart Pearce, who played 78 times for England and was interim England coach in 2012, said it "cheapened" an worldwide cap. "Probably the best honour you can have", said when asked to give advice to the current squad. "Whatever he wants me then to play I'm happy to do so". "We both felt it was right now though".

"Everyone's entitled to their opinion", Rooney said.

Rooney can not wait for his four boys to see him take the field in an England shirt one last time, especially the fact his youngest Cass Mac will be in the ground, before the family continue their new life in Washington. Rooney insists that he was never concerned about shirt number, captaincy or whether he started this Thursday, just the chance to run out in front of the England faithful one last time.

Rooney will make a late substitute appearance in a match named in honour of his foundation, with the Football Association's decision to toast the former captain's achievements splitting opinion. "The players were preparing for the biggest tournament in football". Some good games, some bad games.

This will be it as far as his career on English soil is concerned, whether the country's leading scorer comes on and scores a 10-minute hat-trick or barely touches the ball.

"The players I've spoke to agree and as a country, we haven't done anything like this before". That's the story of my England career.

  • Stacy Allen