Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rooney bids farewell as England beat United States

Rooney bids farewell as England beat United States

"It's my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I've seen this week", Rooney was quoted as saying by AFP.

He even suggested Rooney could play in the UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia on Sunday.

England's all-time top scorer Rooney came on as a 58th-minute substitute, to roars from the crowd, with the team 2-0 up thanks to excellent first-half strikes from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his first goal for his country.

England's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans after England defeated the United States at Wembley Stadium in London.

Sancho has quickly made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund and the 18-year-old built on his fine Bundesliga form by teeing up Alexander-Arnold to drill his first worldwide goal into the far corner.

A 54th goal for England would have been the flawless 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. His chapter has obviously ended now and mine is just starting.

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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". It's a moment I'll treasure for the rest of my life.

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

The match against US, the country in which Rooney now plies his trade, gave England fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for their country's record goalscorer and most-capped male outfield player. He was brought back into the England squad for one final appearance and was given a guard of honour before kick-off.

"Being around the players has been great; seeing how they're working and how they're improving has been great for me".

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

"We were wide open and, if we do that on Sunday, we will lose", said England manager Southgate. "We haven't had that discussion because Wayne gave a nice speech at the end and I didn't want to rain on his parade".

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