England youngsters beat United States of America on Rooney farewell

Fabian Delph will start the game against the USA as captain

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

On the back of his truly impressive form for Liverpool, there was no surprise when Reds youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold was named alongside club captain Jordan Henderson and the increasingly indispensable Joe Gomez in Gareth Southgate's England squad, but there was more than one eyebrow raised when the 20-year old fulfilled what he's since called a "childhood dream" by bagging his first senior goal for the Three Lions in an emphatic 3-0 win over the United States at Wembley.

Rooney retired from England duty in August, 2017 but the FA chose to turn the friendly into a tribute game to the Liverpool-born forward.

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.

"I think it's great that the country, the FA are celebrating players who have left a mark on global football for England", Rooney said.

"I was saying to our defenders that obviously they were trying to get him to score, so we had to get close to him", Guzan said.

However, Wilson did get his goal to cap a dream debut for the Bournemouth striker, who has battled through the lower leagues and two cruciate ligament injuries in both knees to make it to the global stage.

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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.

England, who face Croatia in the Nations League at Wembley on Sunday, rested a number of regular starters such as striker Harry Kane.

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.

Gareth Southgate spared his England players a dressing down ahead of their winner-takes-it-all game against Croatia because he did not want to rain on Wayne Rooney's parade.

"From our point of view, we are talking about respecting the shirt and those who have gone before and all of the players did that this week". We will give him a guard of honor.

"It would have been ideal for him to score but we saw some moments of real quality from him".

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