Rooney backing Kane to break England record

Fabian Delph will start the game against the USA as captain

Fabian Delph will start the game against the USA as captain

The decision to make the friendly a tribute night for Rooney has divided opinion with some pundits saying recalling a player who has retired from the national team devalues an England cap.

Wayne Rooney will wear the No. 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in Thursday's friendly with the United States, manager Gareth Southgate said.

Rooney, who now plays in Major League Soccer for D.C United, will start on the bench before entering the field for his 120th and final cap in the worldwide at Wembley Stadium.

Rooney retired from England duty in August, 2017 but the FA chose to turn the friendly into a tribute game to the Liverpool-born forward.

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"Tonight was great, a great way to finish my global career, I thought the lads played great".

He added: "I think (England are) in very safe hands from what I've seen on the training pitch".

And if it was a memorable night for Rooney, who was denied a dream goal by Brad Guzan's stoppage-time save, it was the same for Bournemouth's Callum Wilson when he crowned his debut with a near-post finish 13 minutes from time.

Jadon Sancho, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger, was impressive in his first start, setting up Alexander-Arnold with a well-timed weighted pass for the Liverpool full-back, who drilled home with a fine low shot.

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Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a fantastic curling effort, but it was Alexander-Arnold that really caught the eye in the capital.

England face Croatia in a Nations League match on Sunday.

A victory would see England win their group and progress to next summer's finals, but defeat or a score draw would see them relegated to League B.

He explained: "Before playing the game I asked Harry Kane to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record and I look forward to presenting him with the trophy". We gave Wayne a week that he deserved.

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