Southgate and Rooney delighted with winning England farewell

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The Three Lions took on rumoured Reds target Christian Pulisic and his American colleagues at Wembley, in what nearly felt more like a testimonial, with Wayne Rooney returning to the global fold one final time.

Rooney received a warm reception before and after coming on for his 120th appearance for England, who prepared for Sunday's crunch Nations League clash with Croatia by beating the United States of America 3-0 thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wilson.

Gareth Southgate's side were 2-0 up thanks to two goals in two minutes midway through the first half - Jesse Lingard opening the scoring with a spectacular curling effort, and Trent Alexander-Arnold adding a low, angled drive for his first global goal.

He emerged to take the captain's armband with the Three Lions well in control in front of a healthy crowd of 68,155.

Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old.

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.

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A 54th goal for England would have been the ideal 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.

Rooney also said, "I scored past Brad a few weeks ago".

But with the England manager needing to rotate his squad ahead of the much more important Nations League game against Croatia on Sunday, opportunities were handed to several young players.

Jadon Sancho, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger, was impressive in his first start, setting up Alexander-Arnold with a well-timed weighted pass for the Liverpool full-back, who drilled home with a fine low shot.

A victory would see England win their group and progress to next summer's finals, but defeat or a score draw would see them relegated to League B. We will give him a guard of honor.

England manager Gareth Southgate said he was pleased with his team's display and with the send-off for Rooney. I'm really happy to be on the pitch with him. "We haven't had that discussion because of his parade, but we'll be making that point".

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