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What is the Wayne Rooney Foundation? Charities, events & details

10:45 AM EST 11/15/18
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England's leading goalscorer is set to return to the side tonight after two years away to honour his charity and to receive a proper send-off

Wayne Rooney is set to return to the England side this evening in a one-off appearance against the US national team in support of his charity, the Wayne Rooney foundation.

The former Everton and Manchester United striker has not made an appearance for the Three Lions in two years but will be given his 120th cap and proper send-off when he features for Gareth Southgate's side tonight.

Reaction to Rooney, who currently plays for MLS side D.C. United, featuring in the squad again has been mixed, but the Three Lions' all-time goalscorer's intentions are to raise money for his charity and to raise awareness for the foundations he supports.

Goal takes a look at what the Wayne Rooney Foundation is, what organisations it backs, and how supporters can get involved.


What is the Wayne Rooney Foundation?


The Wayne Rooney foundation is the charity spearheaded by the former England international, designed to raise money to support and improve the lives of children and young people worldwide.

The Foundation runs events and raises vital money to support the work of key organisations dedicated to supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children, such as The NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation.


What events has the Wayne Rooney Foundation raised money for?


The first event that the Wayne Rooney Foundation raised money for was his testimonial match in August 2016, held between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. The fixture ended in a 0-0 draw, and was the first game that saw Jose Mourinho take charge of Old Trafford for the first time.

The testimonial raised £1.2m, and all proceeds were donated to the children's charities supported by the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Rooney's legacy with the England team will be honoured in the upcoming friendly fixture against the US National Team which will be in support of the Foundation, though no direct proceeds of ticket sales will be given to the charity.

The 33-year-old is expected to be come off the bench for the last half of the game to win his final England cap.

The game is otherwise a warm-up fixture ahead of England’s crunch Nations League game with Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.


Will proceeds of the England vs USMNT match go towards the Wayne Rooney Foundation?


The FA have confirmed that none of the gate receipts or ticket sales of the England vs USMNT friendly on Thursday will go towards the Wayne Rooney foundation directly, despite the match being dubbed as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International.

"The FA is a not-for-profit organisation which invests millions of pounds back into the grassroots game on an annual basis," a spokesperson for the FA said.

"The proceeds from the England v USA will go back into the English game. However, to honour Wayne Rooney and his record-breaking England career, we will also help raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation through a number of fundraising initiatives around the match."

It is known that the FA will back the foundation through a series of events in fan collections, silent auctions in hospitality suites and promoting awareness of the cause that Rooney's charity raises funds for around the date of the fixture.

Raising money for the charity is expected to have a similar approach to other charitable friendly matches in the past, such as the Breast Cancer Care International charity game against the Netherlands 2016.

Match-going fans will be given the choice to make a donation to the Wayne Rooney Foundation when they buy tickets for the game, and there will be text-to-donate information inside the stadium during the friendly.

Fans can donate to the charity immediately already here.