Rooney played the last match in England

Nov 18, 2018, 03:41
Rooney played the last match in England

Jesse Lingard's stunner and Trent Alexander-Arnold's first worldwide goal already had England 2-0 up by the time Rooney entered the fray.

Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side.

'And I think hopefully we managed within our group to do that in a way we felt was fitting.' DC United forward Rooney now returns to his post-Major League Soccer season downtime as England focus on winning Nations League Group A4 after Croatia shocked Spain 3-2 on Thursday.

Wilson became the first Bournemouth player to score for England, and the first player to score on his debut for England since Marcus Rashford in May 2016.

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

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"It will live with me for a long time", added Rooney.

Rooney, 33, was given a guard of honour by England's players as he walked out with his four sons Kai, Klay and Kit, and baby Cass.

"You're down, because I love football, love playing football, and after the games I'd go home and watch the games back, to try and see where I've gone wrong in certain moments, and I couldn't work it out".

"There are times when you doubt yourself as a player, you think: 'Am I good enough?'" Rooney told Sky Sports.

If England win they will finish top of Group A4 and qualify for next June's semi-final and final. 'We were caught in transition and wide open.

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"When I had my second injury, he [Knowles] was the guy I went to to get me back into the running phase".

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "The players will have taken on board Wayne Rooney's humility, even after everything he has given to the game. I haven't set foot down there on the pitch, so hopefully that will be for my country".

"It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed", Rooney said.

"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", Rooney added.

Southgate explained on Wednesday: "Joe, we've modified (his training) in the early part of the week just to make sure that we give him the best chance for being involved on Sunday". 'Tonight, he had some lovely touches, a couple of really exquisite through balls, and we were a yard to the left of Brad Guzan away from a fairytale ending for him.

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