Wayne Rooney honoured by Wembley crowd ahead of 120th England cap vs USA

Wayne Rooney received a great reception from a Wembley crowd after returning ahead of his 120th international cap.

The DC United forward started the match on the bench but walked out with his four sons (Kit Joseph, Klay Anthony, Kai Wayne and Cass Mac) to a guard of honour and received a commemorative award for the occasion.

Rooney, England’s all-time top scorer on 53 goals from 119 caps, lapped up the applause.

The crowd at Wembley is far from sold out, but they managed to produce an excellent ovation for the former Manchester United star.

Rooney’s wife Coleen waved to him from the stands ahead of kick-off.

Gareth Southgate will bring Rooney on later in the game, but he handed two debuts with his starting line-up.

Lewis Dunk and Callum Wilson make their first appearances, whilst Alex McCarthy will be the third debutant if he comes on.


Rooney will wear No.10 one last time for England, with Southgate revealing the squad decided the ex-Man United star deserved that honour.

“The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10,” Southgate said. “All of our group have huge respect for Wayne. They feel that it is fitting his last game should be in his number 10, for when he puts that shirt on his wall somewhere at the end of his career.”


“Harry came to see me and said: ‘Look, we don’t think it would be right for him to come on wearing a shirt he hasn’t worn.’ Part of the game is to pay tribute to what he’s done.

"There’s no rulebook. Who decides? We’ve talked about doing things our own way. We can do things our own way.”

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