Wayne Rooney says that he will always “savour” turning out for England one final time following Thursday’s clash with USA.
Wayne Rooney has said that he will always “savour” turning out for England one final time.
Rooney came off the bench in England’s 3-0 win over USA on Thursday night as he bid farewell to the Three Lions.
The 33-year-old was introduced in the 58th minute for his 120th and final England appearance, with the DC United attacker raising money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation in the international friendly.
Rooney has revealed his delight at being able to say goodbye to the national team, two years after retiring from international action.
“Tonight, being back at Wembley, in front of the home fans, the fans were great, gave me a great reception. It’s just a moment you’ll savour,” Rooney told Sky Sports News.
“I know this is the first time this has happened, and I know everyone has enjoyed it, it hasn’t taken away from what the players and Gareth [Southgate] are trying to do, and hopefully in a few years’ time some of those players will get a similar night for them for their achievements in their England career.
“It went as I imagined it, first of all the last few days, being around the players, has been great. How they’re working, how they’re improving, it has been great for me.
“Tonight was great, a great way to finish off my international career. I thought the lads played brilliant, a great game, unfortunately I couldn’t get a goal, but it was something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Rooney made his England debut in 2003, and has declared on 53 international goals.