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Wayne Rooney says he will finish playing career in USA

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Wayne Rooney says he will finish his playing career in the United States as the DC United striker prepares for his England send-off at Wembley.

The 33-year-old is set to come off the bench in Thursday’s friendly after the Football Association decided to honour his record-breaking international career.

“It will be my last game,” Rooney said. “My form has been good in the States and if I got called up because of that then it would be a different situation, but this will be my last game.

“I made the decision to go to the States and as you well know when I make a decision I tend to stick with it. It’s important to me that I give my full commitment to DC United.

“I’ve seen talk about a loan move back here but I’m not prepared to do that.”

Asked about scoring on his farewell appearance, the former Manchester United and Everton forward added: “It’s not important.

“It’d be nice, but the main thing is to run out at Wembley one last time and have the opportunity to thank the fans for the years they’ve supported me.

“If Harry Kane handed over the captain’s armband then great but the important thing is not wearing the armband, wearing No 10 or playing 90 minutes, it is to pull the shirt on again and that will be a special moment.”

Rooney has impressed in the MLS since joining DC United from Everton and won his last international cap in the 3-0 win over Scotland in November 2016.

With 53 goals in 119 games, he is also England’s all-time leading goalscorer and has more caps than any other outfield player.

“My decision to retire was the right decision,” Rooney said.

“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.”

Thursday’s friendly at Wembley will be in support of the Wayne Rooney Foundation. Find out more about the Wayne Rooney Foundation and how to donate

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