Wayne Rooney excited to see what 'fearless' England are capable of

Wayne Rooney excited to see what 'fearless' England are capable of

Wayne Rooney's one-off return to the England squad for their friendly against the U.S. on Thursday does not cheapen the fixture, the USA's interim manager says.

It was perhaps a timely reminder to some critics who believe Rooney should not be handed a final England appearance simply for old time's sake, and that he should earn the right to play again at Wembley.

Now 33, Rooney concedes that the pressure to succeed for England meant playing for his country was not always enjoyable - something he does not expect to be the case this week.

"To even have the opportunity to be in the camp with him and share the wonderful game he has got coming up is fantastic and I am really looking forward to it".

".It'll be great to pull on the England shirt again in front of the fans, in nearly a way of me saying "thank you" to the fans for the support you've shown me over my time playing for England".

Indeed Rooney was full of praise for Southgate's impact as England manager, describing him as "fearless".

Rooney will pull on the national team shirt one last time against the US on Thursday evening as the Football Association look to give the former Everton and Manchester United striker a fitting send-off.

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Rooney is uncertain how emotional the occasion will be, having fought back tears when he broke Bobby Charlton's scoring record after netting in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in September 2015.

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.

"I think I made the decision to go to the States and when I make a decision I tend to stick with it. And I'm going to enjoy Thursday". No (there is no chance I will come back to English football).

For now, though, the focus is on the past.

Despite his impressive run in front of goal, Rooney has ruled out a temporary return to the Premier League during the Major League Soccer off-season. "But there were a few months when things were going really badly and I did not really want to go and do things out of the house".

"But sometimes you do put too much on yourself, which sometimes does affect your performances My time has been and gone". That's the story of my England career.

"I appreciate my time in the England squad".

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