A mammoth crowd of 60,000 spectators is estimated to gather at the Wembley to see their favourite footballer Wayne Rooney play for England for the last time.
The legendary footballer will play against the United States in a charity match post the announcement of Rooney’s official international retirement, the Football Association instantly sold off more than 20,000 tickets of the match.
Officially, Rooney took retirement from international football last year in August with an announcement.
Rooney is England’s record scorer with 53 goals and is expected to be brought as a substitute during the game against the US on Wembley on Thursday. The charity match will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which works for the betterment of disadvantaged children and youth.
Rooney played his last international match against Scotland on November 2016.
Rooney took to Twitter to express his excitement over the upcoming game. He wrote, “Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR!”
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 12, 2018
Rooney made his international debut in 2003 as England’s youngest ever player and surpassed Bobby Charlton to become country’s leading goal scorer.
As he gears up to play for the Gareth Southgate squad, Rooney addressed the media and said, “If I was in a position where this game was going to take the record off Peter Shilton, I would never have played in the game. I would never have done that. But the game isn’t going to affect an outfield player or Peter Shilton in that aspect. So we felt it was a good opportunity to get some minutes again and say a thank you to the fans.”
“As a country, we haven’t done anything like this before – it’s the first time. I hope, in 10 or 15 years’ time, we’re sat here for someone like Harry Kane, who could possibly go on and get the goal-scoring record, and it will be something that happens again.
“A lot of the older players, players who won the World Cup, weren’t treated as well as they should have been. That’s through no fault of the members of the FA or coaching staff today.”
“The FA are trying to move in a different direction and celebrate the players who have made an impact for their country. It will split opinions because it’s the first one but hopefully there’ll be a lot more in the future.”
Rooney, who currently plays for DC United, has hinted that he’ll end his club career with the team.