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England beat USA on Rooney farewell

England beat USA on Rooney farewell”

England manager Gareth Southgate said he was pleased with his team's display and with the send-off for Rooney.

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.

Rooney, who now plays in Major League Soccer for DC United, will start on the bench before entering the field for his 120th and final cap in the worldwide at Wembley Stadium.

The 26-year-old Bournemouth frontman is the latest player to be rewarded by Gareth Southgate for impressing on the path less travelled, having spent time on loan at non-league Kettering and Tamworth before making his mark at hometown club Coventry.

He added: "In some ways it's great because if I did score it would open the debate as to whether it should count or not, so it's probably better it didn't go in!" The players have been great, seeing how they're working and I'm improving.

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And Southgate is set to ring the changes as he prepares to take on Croatia in the Nations League this weekend.

"Playing with Wayne Rooney was a dream come true because obviously he is a big legend and a role model to me".

England were already 2-0 up by the time Rooney arrived thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold. How the players are getting coached is brilliant.

"If we are going to be ruthless we have to do that right the way through the game", Southgate said.

"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". 'Even for him as a senior player, it's hard to walk back into a dressing room. "As a Liverpool lad, it is good to show people in Liverpool that it is possible".

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The stakes will be more meaningful Sunday in the next game at Wembley.

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).

On the night, coach Gareth Southgate chose to rest a few regulars ahead of their clash against Croatia, thus opening up a few spots for the youngsters who did not fail him in a 3-0 victory.

The match against United States of America, 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.

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