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Wayne Rooney will earn his final international cap when England host the USA on Thursday in a friendly at Wembley, live on Sky Sports.

Although he announced his international retirement in August 2017, Rooney, who is England’s all-time leading goalscorer, will play one final game – named The Wayne Rooney Foundation international – to raise money for his new charity.

He said: “I stayed in contact with the FA. We have been speaking for the past 12 months about ideas. We haven’t done anything like this before but I hope in 10 or 15 years time we are sat here for someone like Harry Kane who could go on and get the goalscoring record.

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“It’s something different. I’m not asking people to agree with it but it is important that there is money raised for the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

“It will be strange but something that I’m looking forward to… It was strange to get back among the players in training, but to run out at Wembley again will be something that I’ll be incredibly proud of and it’ll be a special moment, for sure.”

The former Manchester United and Everton man currently plays his club football in the MLS with DC United, and USA international Timothy Weah is looking forward to lining up against the striker.

Timothy Weah says he is ‘so excited’ to play for the USA against England at Wembley on Thursday, live on Sky Sports

“Rooney’s a legend. He’s one of my favourite attackers of all time. He’s a guy I really do look up to. I’m so happy to be playing against him for his last game and I’m definitely going to shake his hand and just tell him ‘thank you for what you’ve done for football’.

“If you look at where DC were when he came to MLS, he changed the team completely by himself. It’s amazing to see what one guy can really do to a team.”

Team news

Jadon Sancho is set to be handed his full England debut, according to Sky sources, with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson also in line to earn his first cap.

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk could also feature after failing to make it onto the field during his first England call-up last month. Kieran Trippier has pulled out of the latest squad due to injury.

Callum Wilson could make his first appearance for England
Callum Wilson could make his first appearance for England

Christian Pulisic has returned to the USA squad after missing the last six matches, while Romain Gall – who plays for Malmo – could earn his first international cap.

Wigan defender Antonee Robinson is out with an ankle injury that is likely to sideline him for four weeks.

The 21-year-old, who is on loan from Everton, will return to the Latics after Thursday’s match at Wembley.

Dave Sarachan’s squad currently stands at 26 players, which includes new boy Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former USA and Germany manager Jurgen.

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England and the USA have faced 10 times previously – England have won seven, drawn one and lost two, drawing the most recent game 1-1 in the 2010 World Cup group stage.

This will be only the USA’s third match at Wembley against England – they’ve lost their previous two matches there – both friendlies – in September 1994 and May 2008.

England haven’t lost a home international friendly match since March 2016, when they were beaten 1-2 by the Netherlands; they are unbeaten in 10 since (W6 D4 L0).

This game will be Rooney’s 120th England appearance and his 37th at Wembley – he has scored 19 goals at the stadium, and could become the third player to score 20 for the national team, after Gary Lineker (22) and Bobby Charlton (23).

Rooney has never scored in two previous England appearances against the USA; he has only played more games against three other countries without scoring – Italy (3), Portugal (4) and Wales (5).

Rooney will not play in the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia
Rooney will not play in the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia

Marcus Rashford has scored three goals in his last four England appearances – as many as in his first 25 games combined.

USA have lost only one of their last nine matches against European opposition (W3 D5), a 1-2 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in June.

USA’s last five goals have all been scored by different players (Julian Green, Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Bobby Wood and Josh Sargent).

Charlie’s prediction

I’m not convinced about the USA and I can see this being a comfy exhibition type of game. The visitors will be happy just to be playing at Wembley so it should be easy enough for England – as long as the pitch is alright!

I don’t think Gareth Southgate will play his strongest team with Croatia to come but the likes of Callum Wilson will be desperate to make an impact if he plays, obviously Wayne Rooney wants to go out on a high so I don’t see too many problems coming from America.

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Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with a foot to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears. Sports commonly called football in certain places include: association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football(specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby league or rugby union); and Gaelic football.[1][2] These different variations of football are known as football codes.

Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools during the nineteenth century.[3][4] The expanse of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread to areas of British influence outside the directly controlled Empire.[5] By the end of the nineteenth century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic football, for example, deliberately incorporated the rules of local traditional football games in order to maintain their heritage.[6] In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football competitions. During the twentieth century, several of the various kinds of football grew to become some of the most popular team sports in the world.[7]

Football The various codes of football share certain common elements: Players in American football, Canadian football, rugby union and rugby league take up positions in a limited area of the field at the start of the game.[8] They tend to use throwing and running as the main ways of moving the ball, and only kick on certain limited occasions. Body tackling is a major skill, and games typically involve short passages of play of 5–90 seconds.[8]

Association football and Gaelic football tend to use kicking to move the ball around the pitch, with handling more limited. Body tackles are less central to the game, and players are freer to move around the field (offside laws are typically less strict).[8]

Common rules among the sports include:[9]

  • Two teams of usually between 11 and 18 players; some variations that have fewer players (five or more per team) are also popular.
  • A clearly defined area in which to play the game.
  • Scoring goals or points by moving the ball to an opposing team’s end of the field and either into a goal area, or over a line.
  • Goals or points resulting from players putting the ball between two goalposts.
  • The goal or line being defended by the opposing team.
  • Players being required to move the ball—depending on the code—by kicking, carrying, or hand-passing the ball.
  • Players using only their body to move the ball.

In all codes, common skills include passing, tackling, evasion of tackles, catching and kicking.[8] In most codes, there are rules restricting the movement of players offside, and players scoring a goal must put the ball either under or over a crossbar between the goalposts.