Rooney cut through the debate about granting him playing time at Wembley on Thursday, which will constitute his 120th cap two years after his last appearance for his country.
The former England captain is being honoured with a farewell match following his worldwide retirement past year, and the fixture - which is live on Sky Sports Main Event - will be called "The Wayne Rooney Foundation International" in support of his charity. "That was down to the pressure I put on myself which, obviously when you're in that mode, you don't want to admit is there".
".It'll be great to pull on the England shirt again in front of the fans, in nearly a way of me saying "thank you" to the fans for the support you've shown me over my time playing for England".
Rooney struck an authoritative tone as he spoke at length to the media, with his only prickly answer in response to a question about his late-night drinking during his last England involvement.
Rooney is uncertain how emotional the occasion will be, having fought back tears when he broke Bobby Charlton's scoring record after netting in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in September 2015.
Rooney, who now plays for MLS side DC United, will appear as a second-half substitute in the game and said his only regret in a Three Lions shirt will now be fulfilled.
"Yes", he replied. "It was on the plane yesterday with my four kids, trying to get them to sleep!"
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Becomes the youngest player to play for England in February 2003 at 17 years and 111 days in a friendly defeat against Australia.
"I made the decision to go to the States and as you well know when I make a decision I tend to stick with it", he said. It's important to give my full commitment to D.C.
"I've landed on my feet in the States and my children go to school there", he said. "Wayne being at the game and being honoured by the fans in some capacity would be fantastic, for all that he has done in English football, but to actually come back as a bring-the-crowd-in type scenario is not for me".
"I will finish my career there".
For now, though, the focus is on the past. I had my first training session on Monday and it was odd getting in amongst the players at training. It makes you try too hard, makes you anxious, so you don't enjoy it as much as you should.
"Some good games, some bad games".
"I appreciate my time in the England squad".