England's Wayne Rooney during a press conference Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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Former England captain Wayne Rooney hopes the country will embrace a culture of honoring its players in the near-future as he shrugged off criticism Tuesday of his farewell international appearance against the United States. The 33-year-old striker will earn his 120th and final England cap at Wembley Thursday, two years after his last appearance, but his return to the international fold has not been without its critics.Rooney told a news conference Tuesday that the Football Association had decided it was right to honor his England career in this way having spoken to the current players.After a season back at Everton, former Manchester United striker Rooney secured a move to the U.S. to join D.C. United whom he helped to the playoffs in his first campaign. Despite his impressive run in front of goal, Rooney has ruled out a temporary return to the Premier League during the Major League Soccer offseason.
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