Jermain Defoe says Wayne Rooney can inspire England youngsters against USA


The former Manchester United and Everton striker went to make another three appearances for England before calling time on his worldwide career on August 23, 2017.

"For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength", he told Goalhanger.

The 33-year-old announced his global retirement in August 2017, but has been in superb form for Major League Soccer side DC United, helping his new club earn a spot in the Play Offs.

Press Association Sport understands Rooney - who is England and Manchester United's record goalscorer - will feature for Gareth Southgate's side in a one-off appearance on November 15.

Playing for England has always been special to me.

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

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There is a school of thought that the FA do not allow England's greatest players a dignified exit from worldwide football but no-one can accuse them of not treating Rooney well. "It's fitting the match will be against the US".

However, now Wazza will train and play for England once more in what is set to be his very final appearance in an England shirt. The 33-year-old is set to start among the substitutes but the intention is to bring him on to earn his 120th cap and seek to add to his record 53-goal haul.

He will not be a part of England's squad for a Nations League clash against Croatia at Wembley three days after the United States game.

Jermain Defoe says Wayne Rooney's England return against United States of America will be a "really special moment" and believes he can help inspire the younger players in Gareth Southgate's squad.

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. Some of the monies raised will go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation.