Wayne Rooney vs USA: Rooney came on early in the second half but failed to score a goal, despite a number of close chances.
England’s legendary forward Wayne Rooney played his final match for the Three Lions against the USA on Thursday. Rooney was substituted on the pitch in the second half and completed the game, but failed to score a goal.
The DC United star, however, create a number of chances, and came close to scoring one towards the end of the match.
Rooney made 120 appearances for England, scoring 53 goals, and ending as the highest goalscorer for England national team. The forward began his club career at Everton, and joined Manchester United after two seasons with the Merseyside club, where he achieved tremendous success.
Rooney returned to Everton for a season, and eventually joined MLS side DC United, guiding them to a play-off spot.
After the game, Wayne Rooney explained why it was a good thing to not get a goal in his final game of the England international career.
Wayne Rooney vs USA:
The former English international talked to the media after the game against the USA concluded. England registered a comprehensive 3-0 victory, but Wayne Rooney failed to score a goal.
Good win from the boys tonight. Congratulations to @WayneRooney on his last game for England and an incredible career. Was a pleasure to play with. Legend. 🏴🦁 @England #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/7IOXNtBcGv
— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@rubey_lcheek) November 15, 2018
Rooney stated that he didn’t mind not scoring the goal as it would’ve kick-started another debate about whether should it be counted or not. A section of fans was against the idea of calling a specific player back, just to bid him farewell.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 15, 2018
“Another yard it would have been in and a goal, it would have been great,” Rooney talked about the chance he missed at the brink of full-time.
Tonight’s game is dedicated to all the children I’ve met over the years through @FoundationWR. Especially Jasmine who sadly passed away in August. Pleasure to meet her and her lovely family many times at @ClaireHouse, amazing people. Thanks to everyone who’s donated tonight ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FCaMuDlof3
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 15, 2018
“But in some ways it’s great because if I did score it would have opened up a whole new debate about whether it counts or not. So in some ways it’s better it didn’t go in.”
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) November 15, 2018
Rooney also thanked England’s manager Gareth Southgate and the FA for allowing him a farewell game.
Congratulations to the legend that is @WayneRooney on your incredible England career.
So happy to see you get the send off you deserve mate. 🤘🏾🏴 1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) November 15, 2018
“I want to thank the FA and Gareth, and the players, for giving me the opportunity. To finish off my international game, the lads played brilliantly.”