England claimed a comfortable win over the United States at Wembley on Thursday evening as Wayne Rooney said farewell to international football.
England’s record goalscorer came off the bench midway through the second half to earn his 120th and final cap.
A stunning strike from Jesse Lingard put England ahead before goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson confirmed a comfortable victory.
Relive all the action from Wembley with Sportsmail’s MAX WINTERS here. If you are viewing this on our mobile app, click here to follow the live commentary.
MARTIN SAMUEL: The schoolchildren in the hi-viz yellow vests can say they saw him, their mums and dads got to bid a fond farewell. Now can we get back to football now? Wayne Rooney has left the stadium, and on Sunday a Croatian team will arrive for a round of winner takes all.
Maybe, in the circumstances, England needed a better run out than they got here. Still, the Football Association’s careerists will be happy. They got their event. That’s what they seem to care about these days.
Gareth Southgate didn’t look quite as pleased. The air went out of a buoyant England performance very quickly in the second-half, but how could it be maintained when everyone knew the testimonial was about to begin?
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The full time whistle goes at Wembley and it is a comfortable win for England thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.
Wayne Rooney earned his 120th cap for England as he now bids farewell to his glittering international career.
Rooney is picked out by Henderson on the edge of the box. He dummies to go down the outside and then shifts back onto his right foot.
He shoots towards the near post but his effort doesn’t quite have the power to beat Guzan. That was his big chance and he knows it, turning around with a smile on his face.
Entering the closing stages of the game now as England look set to see out a comfortable victory.
The Americans break downfield and Wood picks it up in the inside left channel. He has a team-mate darting through the centre and Pulisic coming down the right.
Instead of picking one out though, he tries an audacious attempt from distance and sees his shot fly straight over the bar.
Pulisic is still trying to create something for the Americans. He knocks the ball past the England defence but as he goes to run onto it he is blocked and goes down appealing for a penalty.
The referee is not interested though and waves play on.
England are just knocking the ball around comfortably now as the clock runs down. Sancho, Rooney and Henderson exchanges neat passes around the box but as Henderson tries to break through the defensive line he is caught offside.
That was the final act on what has been an impressive debut for Wilson and he is now replaced by Rashford for the closing stages.
Finally the debutant gets his goal. Dier spreads the ball out to the left towards Delph. The Manchester City star plays a pinpoint cross towards the near post and there’s Wilson, who gets across his man to fire home.
Thoroughly deserved goal for the Bournemouth man.
Rooney plays a lovely ball to the Chelsea man. The pass is on to Wilson but he ignores him and goes for goal. His effort is blocked though and Wilson cuts a frustrated figure.
Loftus-Cheek then plays Alexander-Arnold in down the right and the Liverpool man powers a teasing ball towards Wilson but he again puts his effort wide.
Sancho plays the ball to Rooney on the edge of the box. An expectant ’shooooooot‘ comes from the crowd and he obliges but Guzan deals with the routine effort with ease.
Another change in midfield for the hosts.
Acosta comes on for Trapp for the USA.
A supporter has made their way onto the pitch to try and get up close and personal with Wayne Rooney.
Fans boo as the stewards manage to get him off, prompting some more substitutions.
Weah is sent sprinting down the right and earns the Americans a corner. They play it short and England are slow to respond, allowing the Americans to cross and almost score a goal.
Alexander-Arnold tries to be clever and usher the ball out of play but Pulisic nips in and takes it away before his shot is saved for a corner.
The set piece comes to nothing but Southgate will want to see that complacency taken out of England’s game.
On comes the highly rated New York Red Bulls midfielder. He has been tipped with a move to German side RB Leipzig in the near future.
The flying Newcastle full back gets to the byline down the right and fires a pacey ball across the box that is just crying for someone to touch it home.
No one has gambled though and it runs across the face of goal and away. Bobby Wood then tries his luck but his effort deflects into McCarthy’s hands.
Cries of ‚Roooooney‘ come from the supporters as Rooney prepares to make his way onto the pitch.
England’s record goalscorer comes on for Jesse Lingard with 33 minutes to play.
Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier have also come on for Dele Alli and Ben Chilwell.
Superb build-up play from England sees the ball come out to Chilwell, who is racing down the left flank.
His pull back finds Lingard but the Manchester United man can’t trouble the goalkeeper.
More substitutions coming for England here.
The Americans are growing into this game and causing England some problems, especially in the final third. They’ve not been able to work any clear openings so far though as England stand firm.
Alexander-Arnold launches a hopeful ball into the box that is aimed for Wilson. He fails to control it but then it’s left bouncing around in the box with neither Miazga and Guzan willing to take ownership.
Back underway at Wembley and England are on the front foot immediately.
Half-time change for the hosts in goal.
Wayne Rooney will hit bookies for £10 million if he scores the match-winning goal in his last appearance in an England shirt in the second half, according to research by www.bookmakers.tv
The betting data experts also reveal that in fear of being clobbered by the striker one last time, some bookies have taken the move to suspend betting on Rooney taking a penalty if one is awarded.
The site’s number crunchers estimate Rooney’s 53 international goals have cost the industry over £50 million in payouts over the years – more than double any other England player – with the striker attracting up to 70% of goal scorer bets when lining up for England.
Rooney is as short as even money to bow out with a goal tonight, whilst it’s 4/1 he gets the last of the game.
Alex Kostin of www.bookmakers.tv said: ‚Rooney has punished the bookies more so than any other player in England history so it’s only fitting for him to land punters one last multi-million payout before he retires for good.
‚Some bookies have taken the extraordinary step of stopping betting on him being given a penalty and they’ll be desperately hoping for a rusty performance in front of goal.‘
The half time whistle goes and what a good half it’s been for England.
Goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold have them comfortably in control at the moment.
Final few moments of the opening half here and Pulisic looks to cut the deficit.
The 20-year-old’s effort from the edge of the box is tame and runs into the arms of Pickford.
Chilwell picks out the England striker with a delightful chip. The Bournemouth man takes one touch before swivelling and shooting. It’s a tame effort that’s easily blocked by Guzan though.
Delph is sloppy in possession in midfield and a crunching tackle from Trapp sees the USA pounce and launch a counter attack.
The ball comes to Green and he hits an effort from distance but it’s straight down the goalkeeper’s throat and Pickford punches clear.
The USA are struggling to get out of their own half here and it seems to be just a matter of time before England score again.
What an impressive first 30 minutes from Southgate’s Three Lions.
104 – There were just 104 seconds between Jesse Lingard’s and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goals for England. Quickfire. #ENGUSA
Just two minutes later and it’s 2-0. A scramble on the edge of the box sees the ball squirm out to the onrushing Liverpool full-back from Sancho.
He then unleashes an inch-perfect effort that flies into the far corner with unbelievable technique.
Pulisic is made to rue his miss just seconds later as Lingard scores a cracker.
England win the ball high up the pitch before Alli cuts inside from the left and rolls it back to Lingard.
The Manchester United man looks up, takes one touch and then bends a shot towards the back post that leaves Guzan helpless.
What a strike!
The USA should be ahead. Pulisic tries to play a one-two midway through the England half but it runs all the way through and he’s able to sprint onto it and charge through on goal. He takes an extra touch or two in the box before shooting. Pickford is equal to his effort though. Big let off for the hosts.
Sancho is catching the eye here. Himself, Alli and Chilwell play a lovely triangle around the box that puts him in space. Instead of shooting though, Sancho tries to cut the ball back to the edge but a defender intercepts and clears.
Dele Alli flicks the ball over Trapp to earn a free-kick in a promising position for England.
Chilwell flights one towards the back post but it’s headed away. The Americans try and launch a counter but England get back in numbers and earn another foul to stop their momentum.
The USA finally get their foot on the ball. They work it out to Pulisic on the right but the Dortmund man’s cross is tame and Pickford can gather comfortably.
England’s runs from midfield are causing all sorts of problems and this time Lingard gets in behind. He fires straight at Guzan though and the Americans escape once again.
England cry for a penalty but the referee refuses to award one. Lingard slips Wilson in down the right and he manages to knock the ball past Guzan, who brings him down.
Replays suggest it is the right call though with Wilson looking for the contact from the former Aston Villa goalkeeper.
Horrible error from Guzan as he fluffs a clearance that falls straight to an English player. The ball is worked across to Wilson by Lingard but he can’t make a proper contact at the near post and it runs away.
The US finally have the ball in England’s half but Lingard wins it back and sets Sancho on his way. The youngster bursts away from defenders but loses momentum in the box and the Americans can clear.
The Manchester United man gets in behind once again down the left. The USA need to sort out the holes down this near side.
It’s another wayward cross that deflects out for a corner. Ben Chilwell takes and Wilson meets it at the near post but can’t make a proper contact and the USA clear.
Dele Alli earns another corner down the right as England maintain their good start. Alli hits the bar with his header but the linesman flags as the ball drifted out of play on the cross.
Excellent start from the hosts as Lingard gets in down the left. He fired a ball across goal but Wilson can’t get on the end of it.
Jesse Lingard gets us underway…
Rousing renditions of both teams‘ anthems there. Seems to be quite a few empty seats at Wembley this evening. Hopefully it fills up in the next few minutes.
Rooney makes his way out onto the pitch, between a guard of honour formed by both sets of players.
He has his four sons with him and they all pose for a photo as Kane hands over a commemorative plaque. Rooney receives a warm reception from the crowd as he makes his way off the pitch and then he stops for a photo with his children and wife Coleen on the touchline.
We will now have the national anthems…
We are nearly ready for proceedings to get underway at Wembley. Harry Kane, a substitute this evening, has come out on the pitch early as the players gather in the tunnel.
It seems as though the England captain is going to involved in some sort of ceremony before kick-off.
2009 – Jadon Sancho will become the first outfield player to start a game for England while playing for a club from outside of the UK since David Beckham (LA Galaxy) against Netherlands in August 2009. Golden. #ENGUSA pic.twitter.com/OeUrWmJVCD
MAX WINTERS: Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho usually spend their time together hurtling down either flank for Borussia Dortmund, combining to cause chaos for the best defenders Germany has to offer.
The duo, with a combined age of 38, have helped Lucien Favre’s rejuvenated team to an exceptional start this season that has left them four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
But on Thursday night at Wembley they will be jostling for supremacy on opposite sides. Pulisic arrives as the poster boy for the United States, a team in transition following their humiliating failure to reach the World Cup, while Sancho is set for his first England start.
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Football Index research shows Rooney leads the club stats this season among the forwards in the England squad.
Gareth Southgate has just been speaking to Sky Sports. Here are his thoughts:
‚We have a good opportunity to look at players we haven’t has the chance to work with before. Three debutants and some exciting young players we wanted to look at. See how they cope against a young and energetic team.‘
On Rooney: ‚We have had a nice moment at the team hotel where he gave them their shirts and shared memories of his debut and what it meant to play for England. It’s been great to have him with us sharing those bits of gold dust. We are looking to give him 25-30 minutes. We have some changes we want to make so there are a few objectives from the game and the main thing is to see how a fairly inexperience team cope from the start. I think they’re here on merit, their performances have merited that.‘
On debuts: ‚Hopefully they feel comfortable in the environment and they key playing for England is can you handle playing at Wembley and the shirt? If they transfer what they have done for their club they will do well.‘
Wayne Rooney will take his place on the England bench for the friendly clash with the United States as expected – with Gareth Southgate handing debuts to Lewis Dunk and Callum Wilson.
The Wayne Rooney Foundation International against the United States, where Rooney now plies his trade with Major League Soccer side DC United, will see the next generation given a chance to impress.
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Get rowdy at Wembley. The #USMNT starting XI is here. #TheFutureIsUS.
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MAX WINTERS: The United States arrive at Wembley to take on England with a renewed sense of optimism, a young squad flowing with energy and a star man in Christian Pulisic who is capable of inspiring his nation back to international football’s top table.
It is in stark contrast to just over a year ago when the Americans were at rock bottom after failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.
A disastrous qualifying campaign ended in a humiliating defeat by Trinidad and Tobago. Bruce Arena’s side needed just a point against the Caribbean nation to be virtually certain of securing at least a play-off spot but could not even manage that.
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SAMI MOKBEL: Wayne Rooney WILL wear the England No 10 shirt when he makes his international farewell against USA at Wembley this evening.
The country’s all-time leading goalscorer will bow out of international football in style tonight – and as Sportsmail revealed last Tuesday, he’ll do it in the shirt he is synonymous with.
Gareth Southgate – who is set to hand Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Jadon Sancho their full debuts tonight – confirmed: ‚The players are very keen that Wayne wears the No 10.
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Good evening and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the friendly international between England and the USA at Wembley.
We are set for a momentous evening with Wayne Rooney preparing to say farewell to international football. The striker has come out of international retirement to represent his country one more time.
England’s record goalscorer will start on the bench but has been handed the No 10 shirt and will take the captain’s armband when he comes on to earn his 120th cap.
You can follow all the action here with team news expected within the next 30 minutes.