England 3 - 0 USA
Wayne Rooney bids farewell to England in final fund-raiser
Jordan Pickford again did the business for England in the first half of a 3-0 win that featured an emotional final farewell for Wayne Rooney.
The ex-Everton player was honoured on his 120th and final England appearance, retiring as their highest goalscorer ever, with a total of 53. Wearing the No 10 shirt, Rooney came on as a sub for the last 30-odd minutes, to a loud ovation from the Wembley crowd of 68,155. The friendly was a fund-raiser for his charitable foundation.
Michael Keane was not mentioned in dispatches but acquitted himself well, playing the full 90 minutes on his return to the England squad.
No Everton interest on the USMNT side as Antonee Robinson, on loan at Wigan Athletic, had suffered an injury that would keep him out of this game.
Reader Comments (30)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 15/11/2018 at 13:38:10
Am I soft for thinking this a well-deserved gesture? A nice thing? I seem to be in a minority, especially listening to former players' views. Im thinking they are jealous. Some people of course think he abandoned us, others feel he didnt do enough in major tournaments. Whatever your gripe, he is Englands highest scorer... in history. I think thats something to be proud of and should be celebrated. This is a friendly. He is also in good form. What harm does it do?
2 Posted 15/11/2018 at 21:32:15
Embarrassing ourselves at Wembley. Not competitive.
3 Posted 15/11/2018 at 22:14:59
However I am still amazed by some of the players Southgate calls up and wouldn't be surprised if Hibbert and Osman get recalls in the not-too-distant future.
Despite his goal, Callum Wilson is not good enough and neither is Winks.
4 Posted 15/11/2018 at 23:15:48
Whats happening that USA seem to be going backwards? Do they get their squad from mls and college or whoever plays in Europe?
5 Posted 16/11/2018 at 09:04:08
Disagree with you about Wilson, who else does he pick? When fit, Wilson has scored goes in the Prem, and he isn't that old either (26) so it isn't a Kevin Davis style call-up.
What it does show is a dearth in English top-flight strikers; I guess after Kane, Wilson and Rashford we look at Glenn Murray, Charlie Austin and then youngsters.
We used to have Wright, Cole, Sherringham, Fowler, Sutton all not getting a game!
6 Posted 16/11/2018 at 10:42:54
I don't think you're soft mate and feel similarly to yourself.
Rooney has been the best, record-breaking, English goalscorer for a generation for both club and country. Thing is, he doesn't fit the media's preferred profile, isn't the squeaky clean, easy talking, handsome, mid-Atlantic accented poster boy.
He's someone born and raised in a rough Northern city environment, someone with failings and weaknesses, not the cleverest off the pitch but at times a genius on it.
If his appearance raised lots of money for decent causes and goes to help those who can't help themselves, then that can only be a good thing.
7 Posted 16/11/2018 at 11:10:14
8 Posted 16/11/2018 at 11:19:36
Id suggest getting out of the other side of your bed tomorrow.
9 Posted 16/11/2018 at 13:03:59
Too often are public figures honored posthumously; so what's wrong with celebrating grand achievements when they are good and well?
10 Posted 16/11/2018 at 13:07:57
11 Posted 16/11/2018 at 13:28:29
One is using his past career to get a charity match and money to charity, the other is getting all the clubs to pay for a £5m backhander for leaving the job he is very handsomely paid for.
Oh wait, it gets better, he's actually staying on in another capacity and still getting paid a wedge for that too... fuck's sake!!!
12 Posted 16/11/2018 at 13:47:01
13 Posted 16/11/2018 at 15:41:36
Still a couple more years for them to develop and we'll see what we got by 2021.
14 Posted 16/11/2018 at 16:09:22
Wayne Rooney was the best player of his generation above many great players and the best English player since Gaza. To get over 100 caps is a massive achievement, as is scoring more goals for your country than any other player. I guess you don't like him but facts speak for themselves.
15 Posted 16/11/2018 at 16:15:04
As far as I am aware, the MLS are getting to the latter stages of the playoffs: has this impacted the players selected for last night's game?
16 Posted 16/11/2018 at 16:19:04
17 Posted 16/11/2018 at 16:21:28
Would be a different story if Lukaku was an England player. Alan would need a restraining order.
18 Posted 16/11/2018 at 16:26:33
Much improved by the 'mericans after the break, but you can see why they failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Pulisic looks a player, mind...
19 Posted 16/11/2018 at 17:03:09
It was a way apparently of publicising the charity - no doubt the one Rooney's agent thought would be a great way of making out what a great guy our Wayne is. If he donated (say) 10% of his annual earnings to the Charity then sure - what a great guy. Really how much money do footballers need!
20 Posted 16/11/2018 at 17:13:26
"But if players from the '60s/'70s had the chance it probably would be eclipsed"
What??? You mean all them caps and goals which were earned and scored in the pointless home international matches?
Get real! who do you think has been the best English striker in the last 15 years then?
21 Posted 16/11/2018 at 17:14:09
They appear to lack any direction at the top, still yet to appoint a permanent manager for what, months now?
The teams I see at college level, still the main source of entry for the MLS, a big issue for quality, lack individuality.
Their standout, Pulisic, American in birthright but anything else but in his footballing education. A Croatian heritage which screams skill and craft.
It reminded me of Beardsley, when we got him the team was so poor and everything he did was often two/three steps ahead of anyone else in the team. Pulisic was so frustrated.
It appears that football still is sat behind all other major league sports and is stalled, even in decline. Very sad.
22 Posted 16/11/2018 at 17:28:46
As he mentions, he learnt a lot about himself and "I'm probably mentally stronger and developed that thick skin because a lot gets said about you when things aren't going well."
For me, along with Gana Gueye, he has been Everton's Mr Consistency and best player this season, even with missing a few games due to his hairline skull fracture.
Delighted for the lad.
23 Posted 16/11/2018 at 18:21:49
The players seem like a good group and I give Brands and Silva a lot of credit for this – the group last season stunk and hopefully they have got rid of the bad eggs or most.
Moyes's teams (particularly season when we came 4th) showed what camaraderie and team spirit can do. On the outside, it seems we have that in abundance as well as a load of quality players. Long may it continue.
24 Posted 16/11/2018 at 18:30:47
25 Posted 16/11/2018 at 19:33:17
I'm not that convinced by Southgate either. He gives away caps for what reason when he should be building a team.
I thought Rooney looked pretty good yesterday albeit against a really weak team. Surely the MLS should be improving the state of their national team and glamourising the possibilities. I guess they are rebuilding... same as us.
26 Posted 16/11/2018 at 22:49:28
Alan @7, have you ever considered an anger management course?? Wow, you've vented some anger towards Rooney there, matey. My phone was smokin' as I read it!!!
Hope you feel better for your rant. But facts are facts & he is England's No1 goalscorer and I think Man Utd's too. So, in reality, he can't be quite as shit as you make out... can he?
I am running for cover now!!!
27 Posted 17/11/2018 at 03:48:52
I agree entirely; I don't know why he gets so much stick. You can't achieve all he did in his career and be shit at the same time.
28 Posted 17/11/2018 at 05:54:05
We have one budding world-class star, a couple of youngsters with exciting talent, and a whole bunch of Bobby Who, Julian Why and Jorge VillaFucksHeDoingOnThe Pitch.
And we have a Klinzi Hangover of lack of belief, which hasn't been a problem for the US in previous decades. This program is adrift, and if they don't name a manager soon, it's just going to drift out of sight.
29 Posted 17/11/2018 at 11:05:00
30 Posted 18/11/2018 at 02:30:33
Be of good cheer. Couple more years go by and we see what we have.
Regarding that stiff Klinsmann, we missed a chance with a manager right here in MLS, Gerardo Martino.
He had Atlanta playing attacking, attractive soccer.
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.