Wayne Rooney’s England career in pictures

Wayne Rooney will make a one-off international comeback when England host the United States in a friendly match at Wembley on Thursday night.

The Wayne Rooney Foundation International will see England’s all-time leading goalscorer take to the field to collect a 120th cap as he is honoured for his Three Lions record.

Here, Football Paradise looks into the archives for some of the best images from across Rooney’s international career.

Makes his England debut in February 2002 - aged 17 - in a 3-1 defeat to Australia at Upton Park.
Makes his England debut in February 2003 – aged 17 – in a 3-1 defeat to Australia at Upton Park (Nick Potts/PA)

Scores his first England goal in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia in Skopje.
Scores his first England goal in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia in Skopje (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Becomes the youngest goalscorer at a European Championships as he scores in the group stage win over Switzerland.
Becomes the youngest goalscorer at a European Championships as he scores in the group stage win over Switzerland (Nick Potts/PA)

A stamp on defender Ricardo Carvalho sees Rooney sent off during England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal.
A stamp on defender Ricardo Carvalho sees Rooney sent off during England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ended a 494-minute international goal drought as he contributed to the 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Croatia in Zagreb in 2008.
Ended a 494-minute international goal drought as he contributed to the 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Croatia in Zagreb in 2008 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Wins his 50th cap as goals from Peter Crouch and John Terry seal a World Cup qualifying win over Ukraine in April 2009.
Wins his 50th cap as goals from Peter Crouch and John Terry seal a World Cup qualifying win over Ukraine in April 2009 (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Captains the Three Lions for the first time in a 2009 friendly defeat to Brazil in Qatar.
Captains the Three Lions for the first time in a 2009 friendly defeat to Brazil in Qatar (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Sent off on another night to forget as England draw 2-2 win Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
Sent off on another night to forget as England draw 2-2 with Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Scores on his return from suspension to seal a 1-0 victory over Ukraine at Euro 2012.
Scores on his return from suspension to seal a 1-0 victory over Ukraine at Euro 2012 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Exactly two years on and Rooney scores his first-ever World Cup finals goal in group-stage defeat to Uruguay in Brazil.
Exactly two years on and Rooney scores his first-ever World Cup finals goal in group-stage defeat to Uruguay in Brazil (Nick Potts/PA)

Leads out England for his first game since being officially named captain of the side by manager Roy Hodgson - Rooney scored the only goal in a friendly win over Norway.
Leads out England for his first game since being officially named captain of the side by manager Roy Hodgson – Rooney scored the only goal in a friendly win over Norway (Nick Potts/PA)

Rooney is greeted by Sir Bobby Charlton ahead of his 100th England cap in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.
Rooney is greeted by Sir Bobby Charlton ahead of his 100th England cap in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia (Nick Potts/PA)

Equals Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 England goals with a penalty against San Marino.
Equals Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 England goals with a penalty against San Marino (Mike Egerton/PA)

Moves clear as England's record goalscorer, hitting his 50th goal in a win over Switzerland.
Moves clear as England’s record goalscorer, hitting his 50th goal in a win over Switzerland (Mike Egerton/PA)

The last of Rooney's 53 international goals came from the penalty spot as Iceland went on to knock England out of Euro 2016.
The last of Rooney’s 53 international goals came from the penalty spot as Iceland went on to knock England out of Euro 2016 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Becomes England's most capped outfield player of all-time with his 116th appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
Becomes England’s most capped outfield player of all time with his 116th appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia (Nick Potts/PA)

Rooney's 119th cap came in a World Cup qualifying win over Scotland - but now he will add to that against the United States.
Rooney’s 119th cap came in a World Cup qualifying win over Scotland – but now he will add to that against the United States (Mike Egerton/PA)

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