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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Ryan Dobney

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    So that's all from today's news conference with Wayne Rooney. Thanks for joining us and having your say.

    We'll have a story on the one-off return of England's record goalscorer later but until then, here's some of our latest football stories...

  2. Get Involved

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    Jack Richardson: My main Rooney memory is Euro 2004, scoring against the Swiss and the cartwheel celebration, has always stuck with me.

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    Jack: Wayne Rooney. . . That name will live forever as an England great. Goals scored and commitment to England we couldn't ask for more. And he's still putting them away across the pond.

    Aaron Gooding: Seriously what is the problem with the Wayne Rooney farewell? It’s a heartfelt goodbye for an England great that will raise money for many seriously ill people within his foundation. So before you open your mouth think of how this can benefit seriously ill people.

    Steve Howes: Joe Cole has retired can we also get an England testimonial for him. Both achieved the same for England.....nothing

  4. Trippier withdraws

    Besides the return of Wayne Rooney, here's the other news from the England camp today, with Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier having to withdraw from the squad with injury.

    Tottenham's Kieran Trippier
  5. 'Virtually unstoppable!'

    And who could forget Joe Cole's stand-out England moment?

    It came in a 2-2 draw with Sweden in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup.

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    Video caption: Joe Cole scores 'wonderful' volley in 2006 World Cup
  6. Joe Cole retirement

    In case you missed it, one of Wayne Rooney's former England team-mates announced his retirement today.

    Rooney said he would end his playing days in America and Joe Cole has done just that, finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Here's the full story

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    David Foster: Rooney deserves his place in the England squad on form and experience alone. 12 goals in 21 games with eight assists in the same league as a lot England's opponents. If Rooney had been in his 40s, out of shape and long retired then fair enough moan about him playing, but he is in his early/mid 30s, fit and still playing.

    James, Newcastle: The fact that people think Rooney doesn't deserve a send-off is absolute rubbish. He's an England legend and our top goalscorer. A testimonial match however would perhaps be a better, less controversial opportunity.

    Edwin, Peterborough: Rooney has been doing well as a midfielder in the MLS. We're short in midfield with the other option probably Mason Mount. MLS is probably similar standard to the Championship so he deserves a call-up anyway.

  8. We 'felt it was right'

    England v USA (20:00 GMT)

    Now you can see - and hear - for yourself just what Wayne Rooney had to say today.

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    Video caption: Rooney and The FA 'felt it was right' to have farewell game
  9. 'I've just one regret' - Rooney

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "Things happen that are good and bad in football, you have to accept that. It would have been nice to win something.

    "I appreciate my time in the England squad. There were great memories and I made great friends.

    "The only regret was maybe not having that last game to say thanks to the fans."

  10. Your favourite Rooney England moment?

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    Okay, so we've had Wayne's favourite England moment, which was his record-breaking strike against Switzerland in 2015, but does anyone remember the 18-year-old that burst on the scene at Euro 2004?

    Here he is slotting home against Croatia in the Three Lions' 4-2 win. What's your stand-out Rooney memory with England?

    Wayne Rooney scores against Croatia
  11. 'I was right to retire' - Rooney

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "My decision to retire was the right decision.

    "I could see the younger players and I felt it was the right time for me to stop playing and for younger lads to step in and be given that opportunity."

  12. Post update

    That goal against Switzerland in their Euro 2016 qualifier in September 2015 took Wayne Rooney past Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 England goals.

    Rooney now has 53 from 119 caps, but how much do you know about the former Manchester United man's career?

    Take our quiz to find out

  13. Rooney on his proudest moment...

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "The goal against Switzerland to break the record was a hugely special moment for me."

    Rooney scoring the penalty to break England's goalscoring record
  14. Rooney on Callum Wilson

    England V USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "I think he started the season really well and it's great to see him get the opportunity to come into the squad.

    "He had a horrific injury and he is now doing so well, he’ll be really proud to get into the England squad."

    Callum Wilson celebrating
  15. 'We both felt it was right for me to take part' - Rooney

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "I only knew it was going to happen a couple of weeks ago. Whether or not I would take part it was not confirmed but once we spoke with Gareth Southgate and the FA we felt it was the right game to do it and it'll be a special moment.

    "We both came to an understanding and we both felt the best thing was to take part."

    Wayne Rooney
  16. Get Involved

    What do you make of Rooney's return?

    Jimmy Dawes: Love it, deserves it #thankyourooney

    David A. Burns: Let's keep in mind what this is. It's an international friendly with the US. And it's not like it's a tune-up for a major competition. It's no big deal. Stop acting like it is.

    Graham Senior: Not happy about the cap. Spain are honouring the far greater David Silva too - he will take the kick off in his suit and no cap. Far more classier than what Rooney and FA doing.

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    Tim: What happens if Rooney scores a hat-trick for England? Does he start against Croatia?

    That was actually just put to Rooney in that entry below, Tim. He seems adamant.

  18. Definitely a one-off - Rooney

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "It will be my last game. My form has been good in the States and if I got called up because of that then it would be a different situation, but this will be my last game.

    "If Harry Kane handed over the captain's armband then great but the important thing is not wearing the armband, wearing number 10 or playing 90 minutes, it is to pull the shirt on again and that will be a special moment."

    Wayne Rooney
  19. 'We've been talking for 12 months' - Rooney

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    "We were speaking with the FA. We had stayed in contact, we have had the idea for 12 months. We were going to do a game before the World Cup but it was not the right timing.

    "The players were preparing for the biggest tournament in football. Personally I didn't think it was right to get in the way of that. We both felt it was right now though."

    Wayne Rooney England news conference
  20. Link with former internationals

    England v USA (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Wayne Rooney added: "I can't recall a time when an ex-player came to the training ground or was around the players. Gareth Southgate wants to move forward and to go this way.

    "People like Glenn Hoddle and Ian Wright have been in. Some of the younger players might have been too young to see them play actually - but for the older ones they're their heroes and it's good for them to know they're still part of the set-up.

    "Some of my heroes growing up were Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shrearer. If one of those two would have walked in the dressing room I'd have been in awe of them and it would have been great for the team, to speak to them and get some advice."