England won without much trouble their friendly against the United States (3-0) on Thursday night. The score will probably not remain in the memories of Wembley spectators. If they remember this evening, it will be for another reason: the match marked the 120th and last appearance of Wayne Rooney in the jersey of the "Three Lions".
Acclaimed by the crowd, the former Manchester United star entered the 58th minute of play in place of Jesse Lingard. During the match, a spectator even burst onto the lawn to greet the English No. 10.
"I've done my time, I can rest and watch them now. I think England is in good hands, from what I saw this week. The way she is trained is brilliant, "responded the player after the final whistle. "It's a big group of young players with a promising future. They may be the next to bring a trophy to England. "
Rooney, 33, was recalled by the English Federation to honor her, which she did not do when she announced her international retirement in August 2017. The top scorer in the history of "Red Devils" (253 goals), now playing for DC United in MLS, had taken the England shirt for the last time in 2016 before retiring.
"A tiny sign of recognition"
The Everton-trained player scored 53 goals for the Three Lions in 120 caps, including three World Cups and three Euros. Only Peter Shilton has played more games with the English team.
The decision to call Rooney for farewells was criticized by the media, seeing for many an attempt by the Federation to restore interest in the friendly against the United States. "I understand that the decision has provoked a debate, but for me it's just a small sign of recognition for everything he has given to his country," said coach Gareth Southgate.
The former captain of England, meanwhile, had declared himself honored to play this game. "It's a great honor that the FA has given me by giving me the opportunity to play this very important game. […] It will be a great time for me to play for the last time at Wembley, "Rooney explained in a video broadcast by DC United.