Wayne Rooney to captain England, wear No. 10 shirt against USMNT
- Author: Steve Townsend Nov 18, 2018,
Nov 18, 2018, 3:42
Wayne Rooney will cherish his final England appearance but revealed it was perhaps a blessing in disguise he did not add to his record-breaking goals haul.
"The F.A. are celebrating players who have left their mark on worldwide football for England - it never happened in the past, which it should have", said Rooney, a Premier League and Champions League title-winner with Manchester United.
Rooney insisted he was not prepared to go through the motions, adding: "I'm not a player who hasn't played for a year and has come back".
"It's my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I've seen this week", said Rooney.
"I hope they do, I'll be one of the fans cheering them on".
After Wilson and Lingard had gone close, Alli won possession on the left flank and eventually played back to the unmarked Lingard on the edge of the box, where he curled a superb effort into the top right-hand corner.
"The way they are being coached is brilliant".
It would have been a dream end to a 3-0 win that saw Southgate juggle honouring Rooney and building for the future, with Callum Wilson - one of three debutants - completing the scoring after first-half goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The victor will top League A, Group 4. "We've got a brilliant game to come now, this is what the Nations League is all about".
"Before the injury, he gave me a bit of stick on Match of the Day for missing a few chances but that is what he is there for and he has been very supportive".
England's starting XI had just 94 caps between them coming into this match - the last time they fielded a more inexperienced side was in May 1980 against Australia (46).
During the encounter, Rooney substituted Jesse Lingard as he stepped into Wembley in a number 10 English shirt for the last time on Thursday night, and the Three lions did not disappoint after claiming a 3-0 win over United States of America 3-0.
The decision to include record goalscorer Rooney for the 120th and final time in his global career caused debate among ex-professionals and pundits.
Bournemouth striker Wilson is in the England team for the first time, having hit six Premier League goals so far this season - the same number as Kane - while contributing four assists.