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Rooney to address England players ahead of send-off

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England manager Gareth Southgate has asked Wayne Rooney to address national teammate before his last international appearance.

Rooney will make his final appearance for England in a friendly match against the United States on Thursday, for his last and 120th cap.

The former Manchester United striker is slated to come on as a substitute in the friendly match and has revealed that he will be speaking to some of England’s younger players before ending his international career.

“I’m sure that [a talk for the players] will happen in the next couple of days,” Rooney told Sky Sports.

“Whether it’s to the full group or to some of the younger players, we’re still working out how to do that.

“I think for the players it’s important that what I say they can take what they want from it, it might help them.

“The important thing is they keep learning what the coaches want from them.

“There was a pressure on myself which obviously when you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure on you to perform.

“I’ve stepped back from that now so you can look back and analyze why that was.

“There was a pressure on the team obviously to perform and sometimes having that pressure makes you try too hard and makes you a bit anxious where maybe you don’t enjoy it as much as you should.

“My youngest boy has never had the opportunity to see me in an England shirt, so it will be nice to have my four boys there and to have that moment with my children and enjoy it.”

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