Rooney bids farewell as England beat United States

Callum Wilson

Wilson has scored six league goals for Bournemouth this season

On the pitch, Wayne Rooney was moved by a rousing Wembley send-off as England brushed aside the USA.

Rooney went on to prophesize that this England team would come very close to winning the next worldwide trophy for the nation.

Maintaining pace in the race to topple Manchester City at the top of the Premier League as well as qualification for the knock-out rounds of the Champions League will be high on Alexander-Arnold's check-list as we creep towards the turn of the year, but the Scouse defender has nearly certainly done enough to keep his place in the England set-up which means he'll have one more internatinal commitment to navigate as the Three Lions square up to Croatia for a UEFA Nations League clash in three-days time.

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.

"I didn't like us without the ball as much".

Rooney made a 35-minute cameo off the bench in the Three Lions' comfortable 3-0 victory against the United States at Wembley on Thursday.

"We were wide open and, if we do that on Sunday, we will lose", said England manager Southgate.

"Jadon Sancho did well to see the vision of me making the run", said the Liverpool defender. But Rooney was denied what would have been an extremely popular goal by visiting goalkeeper Brad Guzan in injury time.

The 33-year-old is now playing for DC United in MLS, where he says he will end his career, as well as taking his coaching badges.

The 20-year-old has not been at the top of his game for the Reds this season, so this was a chance for him to gain some confidence.

"We knew that would be a tough game because I think probably the first game they've had at home since the World Cup with a crowd in, so it would have been an electric atmosphere".

Rooney retired from England duty in August, 2017 but the FA made a decision to turn the friendly into a tribute game for the Liverpool-born player.

However, the former England captain says he is planning to return to England once he quits playing, and already has his next role in mind.

'It's brilliant. It sets up a really good finish to the year here.

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