USMNT Vs England: 3 things to watch for

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USMNT, Christian Pulisic

CHESTER, PA – MAY 28: Christian Pulisic #10 of the US Men’s National Team lines up for the corner kick during the International Friendly Match between United States Mens National Team v Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Chester, PA. The US Men’s National Team won the match with a score of 3 to 0. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

The U.S. Men’s National Team face England on Thursday night. Here are three things to watch for ahead of another testing friendly for the USMNT.

The U.S. Men’s National Team return to our screens this weekend with two matches in Europe in this November international break. The first is on Thursday afternoon against old foe England.

It will be the first time the two teams have faced one another since the 1-1 draw in the World Cup final.

Here are three things to watch for.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Wayne Rooney of England makes his way out onto the pitch during a training session at St Georges Park on November 14, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

3. Wayne Rooney’s England goodbye

It is a contentious topic, but Thursday night’s match will be a little like a retirement celebration for Wayne Rooney. Rooney had already retired from international duty, but the English FA wanted to reward the striker and country’s top goalscorer with one final hurrah.

Given Rooney’s present prominence in the States after his half-season heroics with D.C. United, it makes sense that, should he be given such an honour, it comes against the USMNT. Although both teams will want to win the match, even though it is just a friendly, with many individual players wanting to impress on the international stage, Rooney’s goodbye will change the atmosphere a little.

It will be a weird match for Rooney, who is not there to compete, per se, although I am sure he will want to win. It will also be a weird match for many of the USMNT players, who have played against Rooney in MLS.

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