According To Wayne Rooney, Farewell Game Is A ‘Huge Honor’

       Rooney trained with the England squad at St. George's Park on Monday evening

Expand Rooney trained with the England squad at St. George's Park on Monday evening

Wayne Rooney admits he may have to fight back the tears when he makes his final England appearance, but when was the last time he cried?

While critics feel commemorating Rooney's achievements in such a way devalues not only the game but also the honour of representing England, Sarachan has no concerns over the DC United striker playing his part.

Wayne Rooney has said that his cameo in England's friendly with the United States will be his last appearance on English soil and added that he hopes farewell internationals will become the norm.

On merit, you could say he's had such a good season in MLS that he might have got a call up anyway, if he wasn't retired.

Wayne Rooney says it is a "huge honour" to be granted a farewell appearance for England, and that it will be his chance "to say thank you to the fans".

"Speaking to the FA, we felt it was right, this was the way the FA wanted to move forward".

"We both felt it was the right time to do it (now), my season in the States is over, and it's against the U.S. and it's a friendly match before the lads play against Croatia on Sunday".

The pair also worked together at LA Galaxy during a time when first David Beckham and, more recently, Ashley Cole played for the Major League Soccer club. 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 goalscoring record, and it will be something that happens again. I'm not asking people to agree with it.

Furthermore, he would never have agreed to face the U.S. if it impacted the legacy of others.

"I made the decision to obviously go to the States", he said. "My youngest boy has never had the opportunity to see me in an England shirt". "We both felt it was right now though".

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Rooney's involvement has sparked a late rush for tickets over the past week, with an attendance of about 60,000 now predicted.

As it was, Rooney announced his worldwide retirement in the wake of Southgate speaking to him about joining the squad for matches against Malta and Slovakia shortly after his return to Everton in August 2017.

"Yes", he replied. "It was on the plane yesterday with my four kids, trying to get them to sleep!"

Rooney's last outing for the Three Lions was the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016. It's an important game, obviously.

"I'm not normally one to show my emotions that way, but when I scored the penalty against Switzerland it was hard to hold my emotions back".

He added: "I'll finish my career there".

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

"I'm not putting any pressure on him - I've seen bits which say 'should he be number 10?', 'Should he wear the armband?' I'm not making any demands".

The 64-year-old has used his time in charge to introduce a raft of new names into the global fold, capping 50 players in 2018 and comparing the transitional period to that of Gareth Southgate and England. It affects your performance, because you play your best football and put in your best performances when you're enjoying playing. Some good games, some bad games.

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