Rooney Bids Farewell, Callum Wilson Scores Debut Goal In England 3-0 USA Friendly

Tanuja Saikhom | 3 months ago

Wayne Rooney earned his 120th cap and final international appearance for England in a 3-0 friendly win over the United States at Wembley on Thursday. England cheered and bade farewell to their 33-year-old striker who scored 53 times for the national side.

Manager Gareth Southgate’s inexperienced young colts comfortably dominated the game as the squad made a successful experiment with debuts, including Lewis Dunk, Callum Wilson, and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Before the game, Harry Kane and FA chairman Greg Clarke made a presentation to Rooney, the former Everton and Manchester United player.

Rooney said he asked Kane to present the award because he believed the Tottenham Hotspur forward will break his goalscoring record. He also thanked the fans for the special occasion.

Jesse Lingard opened the score at the 25th minute with a beautiful shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner, assisted by Dele Alli. The visitors were down to 2-0 when Trent Alexander-Arnold slipped the ball beside their goalkeeper Brad Guzan from the right side of the box in less than two minutes.

Rooney replaced Lingard on 58 minutes, making his final appearance to a cheeing standing ovation. The record scorer couldn’t score a goal, but the Wembley night had splendid moments. Debutante Wilson scored the third goal for England with a fashionable strike from a Fabian Delph cross.

Rooney made his England debut as a 17-year-old against Australia in 2003, and retired from the international football in 2017. The DC United striker has 491 appearances and 208 goals for English Premier League.