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Rooney says farewell in USA drubbing

There was no farewell goal but plenty of pride and appreciation as Wayne Rooney made his 120th and final appearance for England in a 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday.

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 first-half strikes from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The game, played in front of a well-below capacity crowd of 68,155, had been billed as a tribute match to Rooney and he was given a guard of honour by both sets of players and received a presentation from the Football Association before kick-off.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Everton forward did not have a major impact on the game but forced goalkeeper Brad Guzan into a save in stoppage time.

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

"Tonight was great, a great way to finish my international career, I thought the lads played great. Unfortunately I couldn't get a goal but I'll remember it for a long time," Rooney said.

"I've had my time, I can sit back and watch them now and it's my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I've seen."

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, making his England debut, made it 3-0 in the 77th minute to complete a fine night for the debut starters.

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

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