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Wayne Rooney 'to skipper England' against USA

05 November 2018, 05:27 | Charlene Valdez

Juventus Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo

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He is not expected to start or captain the side against the US, but will be brought on as a substitute in a charity match arranged to raise funds for the Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

Including him against the USA, so close to England's important Uefa Nations League fixture against Croatia a few days later, means that the occasion can turn into the "Wayne Rooney Show" and become a distraction.

Rooney, despite being England captain for several years, will not be captain against the U.S. as Southgate looks to keep some sort of consistency. It should be the greatest honour and reward playing for your country but the reality is that the MLS is nowhere near the same level as the Premier League.

He said at the time: "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. It's fitting the match will be against the United States of America". I hope that whilst I am with the squad I can pass on some of my experience. "The foundation allows me to give something back to four charities, all of whom do hugely important work".

He has scored 12 times for DC United since he joined the MLS side from Everton last summer, taking them from the bottom of the league to the play-offs.

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

The player's rich vein of form, alongside his popularity among England supporters and the feeling of progress made under Southgate, have helped the FA with the decision. "Acknowledging the Three Lions legacy has been a major part of our journey with this current group of young players and Wayne Rooney is a hugely significant part of that history".

The Wayne Rooney Foundation focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged children.

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