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US coach backs Rooney’s one-off return for England

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USA interim coach Dave Sarachan believes Wayne Rooney deserves to be awarded a final England appearance

The 33-year-old striker will be making a surprise one-off appearance at Wembley, despite not having played for England in two years.

The FA’s decision to recall Rooney has been met with a mixed reception from fans and former players alike.

But, speaking ahead to Thursday’s clash at Wembley with England, Sarachan backed the call.

“It’s not like Wayne retired and is just coming back after two years off,” said Sarachan, according to Sky Sports.

“He’s coming off a terrific season in the States with DC United and is in good form.

“I think every federation should reward players who have had a great history with the team, whether it’s giving them a game or other ways.”

Despite only arriving at DC United in June, Rooney was named in the 2018 MLS Best XI.

The Manchester United great’s 12 goals and six assists helped DC move from last in the Eastern Conference to a fourth-place finish.

While their campaign ended with a semi-final playoff defeat to Columbus Crew on penalties, Sarachan was positive over Rooney’s impact in the MLS.

“It’s been what I thought it would be like with a guy like Wayne Rooney,” he added.

“He didn’t come over for a vacation – he came to win. He was in good form, stayed healthy and had a terrific impact on his team and our league. He could have mailed it in, but didn’t.”