Wayne Rooney: Emotional England legend makes exciting claim after winning final cap


Maintaining pace in the race to topple Manchester City at the top of the Premier League as well as qualification for the knock-out rounds of the Champions League will be high on Alexander-Arnold's check-list as we creep towards the turn of the year, but the Scouse defender has nearly certainly done enough to keep his place in the England set-up which means he'll have one more internatinal commitment to navigate as the Three Lions square up to Croatia for a UEFA Nations League clash in three-days time.

LONDON, Nov 16 ― 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 yesterday.

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

Sancho has quickly made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund and the 18-year-old built on his fine Bundesliga form by teeing up Alexander-Arnold to drill his first worldwide goal into the far corner. It's a moment I'll treasure for the rest of my life. It was a great game but unfortunately I couldn't get the goal. His chapter has obviously ended now and mine is just starting.

Wayne Rooney has pinpointed the exact moment he knew it was time to leave Manchester United.

"My youngest son has never seen me play for England, so tonight was the first and the last".

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Rooney said: "It went as I imagined it". I've had my time.

But Rooney stated: "It has been fun being around the players, it's been great seeing how they work and have improved".

The decision to honour Rooney with a first cap for two years divided opinion.

"I'm not a player who hasn't played for a year and come back, I've been playing at a high level. Before the game, I asked Harry Kane to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record and I look forward to presenting him with the trophy". We will give him a guard of honor.

"We didn't play with discipline in the end. It will be a huge night for Wayne and we want to make it special for him".