Wayne Rooney steps out of retirement for England – in next edition of Soccer Aid


Wayne Rooney is coming out of retirement to play for England again.

Three Lions all-time record goalscorer is playing for England in the Soccer Aid charity match for UNICEF 2020 at the Etihad on September 4.

Rooney, 35, who scored 53 goals for England, will be joined by Fara Williams, Micah Richards, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes in all star line-up with Usain Bolt also taking part in the tenth England v Soccer Aid World XI FC charity match.

Derby boss Rooney said: “Pulling on an England shirt is always special, so I’m absolutely delighted to be doing that again in Soccer Aid for UNICEF this September.



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“Managing the England team last year was great but being around the players made me want to lace up the boots again – now I’ve got that chance, one last time.

“Soccer Aid for UNICEF has been a massive force for good since it started back in 2006 and I know the public will support us again this year by purchasing tickets, which are now on sale.”

Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Ashley Cole, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp are also taking part while Harry Redknapp will manage the World XI.

Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott will be part of the ITV coverage while other star names include James Arthur, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness, Ore Oduba, Kem Cetinay, Liv Cooke, Roman Kemp, Chunkz and Maya Jama as a pundit.

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Ex-England and Manchester City star Richards, will be part of the England team coaching set-up, said: “Usain Bolt running at Gary Neville? Rooney out of retirement? Me making my coaching debut. What more do you want?! This is going to be so good!

“I can’t wait to see all the lads run out at The Etihad for such a great cause. The line-up is looking really strong and let me tell you – there are even more surprises to come!”

Tickets for the game are on sale now via www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets with a family of four able to attend for £60 – two adults and two children.





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