Rooney says farewell as England beat United States

The former England captain, record goalscorer and most capped outfield player brought the curtain down on a distinguished worldwide career with a substitute appearance in the 3-0 friendly victory over the United States at Wembley. "Hopefully in a few years' time some of the players will be getting a similar night for their achievements".

Former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville had claimed ahead of the match that Rooney was in Gareth Southgate's squad on merit.

The decision to include record goalscorer Rooney for the 120th and final time in his global career caused debate among ex-professionals and pundits.

The Americans fell behind midway through the first half thanks to a two-goal flurry from the hosts, with Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold doing the damage.

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

"In the Southampton game, Mourinho came to me and said: 'I want you to lift the trophy.' I was like: 'Well, I didn't even play in the game'".

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"The way they are being coached is brilliant, it's a great group of young players who have a bright future". "Unfortunately, I couldn't get a goal but I'll remember it for a long time", said Rooney, as quoted by Reuters.

Kane didn't get the chance to add to his 19 worldwide goals as Southgate prioritised keeping most of his key players fresh for Croatia's visit on Sunday.

"I've never played there, the only time I've been to Wembley was to watch Coventry in the EFL Trophy final [in 2016-17] when I was injured. He's settled, his family really enjoy it, so I was pleased to be able to see him get back to playing with a smile on his face and enjoying his football".

"Some of it is the technical ability of players", he said. Primed in the penalty area, Rooney turned to shoot, only to be denied by US goalkeeper Brad Guzan's low save.

"I actually missed the birth of my second child being out there, so that shows the sacrifices I made to get to this point".

"In some ways it's great because if I did score it would have opened another debate about whether that goal should count so in some ways it's probably better it didn't go in", he said. Having handed his first start for his country by manager Gareth Southgate, Sancho impressed many with his skills and his ability to create chances-one of them being a pass to Alexander-Arnold who slotted it home with a low shot.

  • Lawrence Cooper