"The boys will love to see him and if I was one of those young forwards, I would be thinking "if I can achieve even half [of what Rooney has achieved], then it's special".
Wayne Rooney will win his 120th England cap later this month after Gareth Southgate sanctioned a farewell appearance for the DC United forward against the United States at Wembley on November 15, the English Football Association (FA) has announced.
Since arriving in D.C.in July, Rooney scored 12 goals and recorded 7 assists in his first 20 MLS appearances, leading United on a late-season run to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.
A man with 57 caps to his name told Sky Sports on the decision to bring Rooney out of worldwide retirement for a game which will help to generate funds for his charitable foundation: "What a guy and what a player".
Rooney will train with the rest of the Three Lions squad as normal ahead of the friendly match against US at Wembley on November 15.
"And using next week's friendly between England and the United States of America to raise money for charity is a brilliant idea".
On his one-off global return, Rooney said: 'Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career - so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me'.
Unfortunately, the fairytale ended this week as Rooney missed a penalty in a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to the Columbus Crew.
"But England play Croatia in the Nations League three days after this U.S. match, so turning it into a testimonial means Gareth's players will not be preparing properly for the important game which follows it", Shearer added.
The statement added: "Following this FA initiative, the Wembley crowd will now get 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".
England also play Croatia at Wembley in the Nations League on November 18.