Wayne Rooney with DC United.

Alan Shearer has his say on Wayne Rooney's England return vs USA

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Wayne Rooney is set to make his return to England duty in a couple of weeks time.

The Three Lions' all-time top goal scorer will make his 120th appearance against the USA in a friendly at Wembley.

It's being labelled as a 'send-off' for Rooney, who has been enjoying a wonderful spell out in the States with D.C. United.

Lukas Podolski received a similar gesture from Germany, but it's the first time England are doing it.

As such, the whole thing has caused a bit of a stir.

Some think it's a reasonable gesture that will help generate more ticket sales, while others think it's detrimental to Gareth Southgate's side.

And England legend Alan Shearer has weighed in on the situation and he doesn't think Rooney's return is the right call.

He wrote in his Sun column: "It is great for Wayne Rooney to have the chance to say goodbye to fans at Wembley.

"And using next week’s friendly between England and the USA to raise money for charity is a brilliant idea.

Rooney in action vs Scotland

"But I keep hearing managers and players complaining that there is too much football.And now we are to have a testimonial in mid-November.

"Wayne is England’s record goalscorer and had a superb international career. But it is an honour to play for England — England should not have to honour you.

"Given Wayne retired from international football 15 months ago, if the FA really wanted to give him a send-off, why could they not invite him to the game as a guest?

"That would make more sense than saying: 'Thanks for playing for England, Wayne, here’s another game for you.'

Rooney celebrates with Adam Lallana

"We have never done that with other players. And the cynic would wonder if the FA are only doing this because they are struggling to sell tickets for the Wembley friendly on Thursday week.

"You would think Gareth Southgate would need this match to prepare for the future, but clearly not."

It's hard not to agree with Shearer here.

"But England play Croatia in the Nations League three days after this USA match, so turning it into a testimonial means Gareth’s players will not be preparing properly for the important game which follows it," Shearer added.

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