Rooney’s farewell drives Wembley ticket rush


This file photo taken on June 27, 2016 shows England's forward Wayne Rooney celebrates the team's first ...
This file photo taken on June 27, 2016 shows England's forward Wayne Rooney celebrates the team's first goal during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016. England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced on August 23, 2017 he is retiring from international football with immediate effect, despite England manager Gareth Southgate telling him he had earned a recall. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

In Summary

  • The Football Association has sold more than 20,000 tickets for England’s friendly against the United States since former captain Wayne Rooney’s one-off international comeback was confirmed
  • Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, is expected to be brought on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap in the charity game

The Football Association has sold more than 20,000 tickets for England’s friendly against the United States since former captain Wayne Rooney’s one-off international comeback was confirmed, an FA spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, is expected to be brought on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap in the charity game at Wembley on Thursday.

Rooney’s involvement has led to a late rush for tickets over the past week, with an attendance of about 60,000 now predicted.

The charity match will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

“Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR!,” Rooney wrote on Twitter before joining Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday.

Rooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.

After a season back at Everton, he moved to the United States to join D.C. United, helping them to the MLS playoffs in his first campaign.

Southgate is expected to give his first-choice players some rest against the United Stated ahead of a Nations League clash against Croatia on Sunday.

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