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England blank US 3-0 in Rooney's farewell match

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM
England's Wayne Rooney (right) tries to pass United States' Matt Miazga (left) during the international friendly match at Wembley stadium yesterday. England won 3-0.


Christian Pulisic played just his second match with the U.S. national team in 13 months, and the Americans failed to muster much of an attack in a 3-0 loss to England yesterday that marked Wayne Rooney's farewell with the Three Lions.

Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored in a 104-second span midway through the first half, just after Pulisic was denied by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and Callum Wilson beat American goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 77th minute.

"We were a little timid and we allowed a little bit too much space. Their spacing, their movement was very challenging for our group," U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan said.

Rooney, who joined Major League Soccer's D.C. United in July, entered in the 58th minute in his 120th international appearance, the most among England outfield players. The best chance for the 33-year-old striker was in stoppage time, when his low shot was saved by Guzan to the frustration of a crowd of 68,155. His finished with an England record 53 goals.

"Another yard it would have been in ... and it would have great," Rooney said. "But in some ways it's great because if I did score it would have opened another whole lot of debate whether that goal should count or not. In some ways it's probably better it didn't go in."

Pulisic, now 20, is the top player on a rebuilding American team that does not have a competitive match until the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. Since the loss at Trinidad and Tobago last October that ended a streak of seven straight World Cup appearances for the U.S., Pulisic had played just once for his country, in a May exhibition against Bolivia near his home in Chester, Pennsylvania.