Retirement is always a mixed bag for those players that rewrote the history books during their reigns on the field.
The game of football offers retirement in many forms, from leaving a fond club, parting from one’s homeland, to even retiring from international service for one’s country.
Wayne Rooney is a player whose career has traversed all of those milestones, and one that saw him achieve brilliant laurels for both club and country through his tenures for Manchester United and England.
Now functioning for DC United in the MLS, having left Everton recently, the famed striker could still have one last stint for the Three Lions.
Wayne Rooney will captain England during a charity fixture later in November. The game, incidentally against the USA, will be played out at Wembley on November 15.
The English side will be managed by Gareth Southgate, with the funds raised during the fixture set to go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation as well as numerous children’s charities.
Further, having the captain’s armband, Rooney will complete 120 caps for the nation, and the report quotes a source to have stated: “It will give England fans the chance to say a fond farewell to a much-loved player while raising money for worthwhile causes.”
Rooney’s final outing with England before he hung his boots on the international stage came during a 3-0 thumping of Scotland two years ago.
Since then, his prodigal return to Everton came to an end, and was followed by a fruitful spell in the MLS, where the 33-year-old has found 12 goals in 20 appearances, and has been a key invigorating presence for DC United.
It will be interesting to see him fulfill the fond role once again, particularly given how his current stint is a rare marked improvement from his goal-scoring days at Old Trafford.