But then the Everton youth product bagged 12 goals and seven assists to help steer the side up the table to the point where the eventually reached the play-offs, before losing to Columbus Crew on penalties - with Rooney seeing his spot-kick saved in the shoot-out.
The Three Lions' all-time top goal scorer will make his 120th appearance against the US in a friendly at Wembley.
There is a school of thought that the FA do not allow England's greatest players a dignified exit from global football but no-one can accuse them of not treating Rooney well.
"I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process".
Although Harry Kane is the current England captain, he will give the armband over to Rooney for the special occasion.
"England's fixture against the US is to be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the legend's charitable interests".
England have confirmed that their all-time record-goalscorer Wayne Rooney will make a farewell appearance against the United States of America next week.
The FA added the match would give the Wembley crowd the "chance to show their appreciation of one of England's greats as the curtain comes down on a glittering Three Lions career that spanned three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships".
The match between England and United States of America will take place at Wembley on November 15.
"This tribute to Wayne is a unique opportunity that is befitting of our nation's record goalscorer", said Southgate.