Rooney says farewell as England beat United States

Silvia Morton
November 16, 2018

Rooney received a standing ovation when brought on in the 58th minute of a match that Southgate's men were already in control of thanks to a fine Lingard effort and Alexander-Arnold's first goal for his country.

"It will live with me for a long time", said Rooney before talking about the mini-controversy over his selection.

Callum Wilson netted his a goal on his England debut to make it 3-0 in the 77th minute, and after the match Guzan said he and his defenders were determined to stop Rooney as the home side repeatedly force-fed him the ball in unsafe positions.

But Rooney stated: "It has been fun being around the players, it's been great seeing how they work and have improved".

There will be widespread changes when Croatia visit in this weekend's winner-takes-all Nations League encounter at Wembley, where Rooney's speech saved the players from some harsh words on Thursday night.

So the former Manchester United star bows out of the global game with 53 goals to his name.

His appearance in this friendly may have split opinion in the build-up, but there can be no doubt that the support for the Wayne Rooney Foundation and chance for fans to say thanks was only positive.

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"His chapter is ending now and mine is just starting".

Wilson said: "Wayne is a legend for England, he has achieved so much throughout his career and to share the pitch with him was a great honour".

"I thought some of our attacking play, the first half hour and last 20 minutes, was really exciting", Southgate said.

"He is someone who I have seen when I was younger and tried to replicate, I want to be making the same amount of appearances for England as him", he told Sky Sports. I've had my time.

"I'm not a player who hasn't played for a year and come back, I've been playing at a high level".

The DC United striker, who played his farewell match for England as the beat the U.S. at Wembley on Thursday, left Old Trafford over the summer after first-team opportunities started to dry up. "Before the game, I asked Harry Kane to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record and I look forward to presenting him with the trophy".

"We didn't play with discipline in the end".

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