England youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

Nov 18, 2018, 03:42
England youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

Rooney took to the field at Wembley in the second half against the US this week, wearing the Number 10 and received the captain's armband - which he had previously worn for three years up until his retirement in 2017 - and a rapturous reception from the home crowd.

England manager Gareth Southgate said he was pleased with his team's display and with the send-off for Rooney.

A 54th goal for England would have been the ideal way to bow out but it was typical of Rooney's modest approach to the match that he never tried to create chances for himself, instead showcasing, for a final time at Wembley, his passing ability.

Rooney, who has excelled in Major League Soccer, looked trim and fit as the crowd cheered his every move, willing him to produce one more special England moment.

Rooney came on to a standing ovation in the 58th minute with England already 2-0 up thanks to first-half goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but a combination of Guzan's saves and last-ditch USA defending prevented the 33-year-old from marking the occasion by getting on the scoresheet himself.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Rooney said: "It went as I imagined it".

It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed, I thought: "I can't keep doing this", as hard as it was to leave Man Utd.

"I'm sure in the next few years they will go close to bringing a trophy back".

England host Croatia at a sold-out Wembley on Sunday in the final UEFA Nations League match.

"The way they are being coached is brilliant".

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By then, England had already gone 2-0 up courtesy goals by Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold. "It'll be great for the country and I'll be one of the fans supporting them".

"A dream come true, first game at Wembley and (first goal) for my country. As a local Liverpool lad, it is good to show people in Liverpool that it is possible".

USA manager Dave Sarachan admitted his side were second best on a night when England ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley.

The stakes will be more meaningful Sunday in the next game at Wembley.

Wilson became the first Bournemouth player to score for England, and the first player to score on his debut for England since Marcus Rashford in May 2016.

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Although the decision to honour Rooney with a first cap in two years divided opinion, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved when he entered the field just before the hour mark on his 120th worldwide appearance.