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"The boys will love to see him and if I was one of those young forwards, I would be thinking "if I can achieve even half [of what Rooney has achieved], then it's special".

The duo have also clashed at the worldwide level during the 2006 World Cup when Ronaldo engineered Rooney's sending off following his stamp on Ricardo Carvalho.

Wayne Rooney is set to come out of worldwide retirement for England's friendly against the United States later this month to mark his contribution to the national team.

Rooney moved to DC United in July and has hit 12 goals with the team from bottom of MLS table to the play-offs.

So when I arrived back in England I was kind of afraid, not because of Rooney but because of England supporters.

At the worldwide level, Rooney is already the most-capped outfield player in England history, and is the country's top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances to date.

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Press Association Sport understands that Rooney, England and Manchester United's record goalscorer, will make a one-off appearance for Gareth Southgate's Three Lions on 15 November.

There is a school of thought that the FA do not allow England's greatest players a dignified exit from global football but no-one can accuse them of not treating Rooney well. 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.

Unfortunately, the fairytale ended this week as Rooney missed a penalty in a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to the Columbus Crew. "It's fitting the match will be against the U.S.".

He went on to retire from global football and was not part of England's World Cup squa in Russian Federation.

The match will be called "The Wayne Rooney Foundation international".

England will use the match against the U.S. as preparation for their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on November 18.


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