Former Manchester United and Everton star, Wayne Rooney played his last match for England after beating USA 3-0. What a way to end a career!
Rooney ended his international career with 53 goals in 120 games for England.
Callum Wilson and Jadon Sancho paid tribute to “legend” and “role model” Wayne Rooney following a farewell win for England’s record goalscorer against the United States.
Debutant Wilson put the finishing touch on a 3-0 victory at Wembley with Jesse Lingard’s stunner and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first England goal having put the hosts on course.
But the evening belonged to Rooney, who came off the bench for his 120th and final cap, with Wilson saying the memories of making his debut, and scoring, alongside the Three Lions great, will stay with him forever.
“I have no words, it hasn’t sunk in at the moment. It was an opportunity for me and I just wanted to grab it with both hands,” he told Sky Sports.
“Wayne Rooney is a legend for England, to receive my shirt from him before the game was a great honour and I got to share the pitch with him as well.
“His chapter is ending now and mine is just starting. I thought the chance [to score] had gone, I knew time was not on my side, I saw Marcus Rashford standing there [waiting to come on] and I thought I had a few minutes.
“It is a day I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
— England (@England) November 15, 2018
Rooney moved to the MLS to join DC United after establishing himself in the Premier League with Manchester United and Everton.
The 33-year-old was handed the No. 10 shirt as he captained England for the last time after coming on in the 58th minute to replace former United teammate Jesse Lingard at Wembley Stadium.
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Rooney revealed the touching reason behind his goal celebration – where he raises his hands to the sky.
The 33-year-old explained that the goal celebration is a form of tribute to his wife’s little sister, who passed away in 2013 when she was only 14-years-old.
When I celebrate it’s in memory of my wife’s little sister Rosie who sadly passed away in 2013 aged 14. She visited both @alderhey & @clairehouse and the care & support the family received was unbelievable. Please donate if you can and help us to help more families. Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6TCI7Rvh7x
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 15, 2018
The United legend also requested fans to donate to two organisations if possible – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Claire House. “She visited both Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Claire House and the care and support the family received was unbelievable. Please donate if you can and help us to help more families. Thank you.”
The Three Lions’ will next go head-to-head with Croatia in a UEFA Nations League game on Sunday.