The English Football Association has sold more than 20,000 tickets for England’s upcoming friendly against the United States since former captain Wayne Rooney’s one-off international comeback was confirmed.
Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, is expected to be brought on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap in the charity game at Wembley on Thursday.
The former Manchester United captain’s involvement has led to a late rush for tickets over the past week, with an attendance of about 60,000 now predicted.
“Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR,” Rooney wrote on Twitter before joining Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday.
Rooney, who burst to the limelight as a 16-year-old at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.
After a season back at Everton, he moved to the United States to join D.C. United, helping them to the MLS playoffs in his first campaign.
Southgate is expected to give his first-choice players some rest against the United States ahead of a crucial Nations League clash at home to Croatia on Sunday.