Fans were divided when veteran Engish striker Wayne Rooney was recalled to the Gareth Southgate side after the English manager wanted to give the Manchester United player a final game against the USA at the Wembley Stadium. Rooney did not start but came in at the 58th-minute as Jesse Lingard was taken off. Once Wembley realised Rooney was entering the part for the last time, they stood up and gave him a standing ovation, some fans were in tears as well. Rooney, who has 53 international goals to his name, unfortunately, could not sign off with another but that did not stop the crowds from cheering for him.
Finally, at the end the match, the opposition gave the ace striker a well-deserved guard of honour.
“The players are very keen that Wayne wears the No10,” said England manager Southgate. “All of our group have huge respect for Wayne. They feel that it is fitting his last game should be in his number 10, for when he puts that shirt on his wall somewhere at the end of his career.”
On the occasion, Rooney said: “I asked Harry to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record. It was great to be out there in front of the fans again and it was special for me and my family.”
Meanwhile, the Three Lions won the match 3-0 as Lingard, Wilson, and Alexander found the back of the net.