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  Thursday, 15 November 2018
A Wayne Rooney Foundation Friendly match

England 3 USA 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 8.01pm
Attendance: 68,155

England kicked-off 93 minutes 45:14 & 48:09 Match Summary
England Squad
USA Squad
[1-0] Jesse Lingard 25 24:54
 curling strike from edge of area from an Alli lay-off

[2-0] Trent Alexander-Arnold 27 26:38
 strike across front of goal from a Sancho pass
[3-0] Callum Wilson 77 76:09
 6-yard side-footed tap in from a Delph cross
no red or yellow cards  
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville

Match Summary

Officials from Spain



Referee (salmon pink) Jesús Gil Manzano
 34 (4 February 1984), Don Benito, FIFA-listed 2014.
Assistant Referees - Ángel Nevado Rodríguez
, 37 (17 November 1981) and Diego Barbero Sevilla.

Fourth official - Carlos
del Cerro Grande, 42 (13 March 1976), Alcalá de Henares, FIFA-listed 2013.

For the first time, England honoured one of their greatest players by awarding him a final appearance. Wayne Rooney was awarded a Guard of Honour and an FA plaque from Harry Kane and Greg Clarke.
15 Goal Attempts 10
7 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
8 Fouls Conceded 7
61% Possession 39%

England Team



FIFA (25 Oct 2018) 5th
EFO ranking Group One
ELO rating 8th to 7th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Fabian Delph, first captaincy, Wayne Rooney after 58 mins. Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
thirtieth match, W 16 - D 8 - L 6 - F 47 - A 23.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L., off 46th
24 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 14 13 GA
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 20 7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC 5 1
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J., off 58th min. 21 21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 4 0
4 Delph, Fabian 28 21 November 1989 CM/LB Manchester City FC 17 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 25 11 January 1993 CD Everton FC 5 0
6 Dunk, Lewis C. 26 21 November 1991 CD Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1 0
7 Sancho, Jadon M. 18 25 March 2000 RF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 2 0
8 Winks, Harry B., off 70th min. 22 2 February 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
9 Wilson, Callum E.G., off 79th min. 26 27 February 1992 CF AFC Bournemouth 1 1
14 Lingard, Jesse E., off 58th min. 25 15 December 1992 LF Manchester United FC 21 3
11 Alli, Bamidele J., off 57th min. 22 11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 USA 0
21 McCarthy, Alex S., on 46th min. for Pickford 28 3 December 1989 GK Southampton FC 1 0 GA
16 Henderson, Jordan B., on 57th min. (56:50) for Alli 28 17 June 1990 CM Liverpool FC 48 0
22 Dier, Eric J.E., on 58th min. (57:02)  for Chilwell 24 15 January 1994 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 37 3
10 Rooney, Wayne M., on 58th min. (57:11) for Lingard 33 24 October 1985 LF DC United, USA 120 53
23 Loftus-Cheek, Ruben I., on 70th min. (69:06) for Winks 22 23 January 1996 RM Chelsea FC 10 0
scoreline: England 3 USA 0
19 Rashford, Marcus, on 79th min. (78:04) for Wilson 20 31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC 30 6
result: England 3 USA 0

unused substitutes:

12-Harry Kane, 13-Jack Butland, 15-Kyle Walker, 17-Raheem Sterling, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-John Stones.

team notes:

Lewis Dunk is the fourth Brighton & Hove Albion FC player to represent England, and the first since Steve Foster  in June 1982. Alex McCarthy becomes the 37th Southampton FC player, and Callum Wilson the second AFC Bournemouth player, whereas Rooney becomes the first from DC United.
Fabian Delph is the first Manchester City FC player to be captain since Gareth Barry (March 2011).
Marcus Rashford becomes the second youngest (behind Rooney), and second quickest England player to reach the thirty cap milestone (behind George Cohen).
4-3-3 Pickford (McCarthy) -
Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Dunk, Chilwell
(Dier) -
(Loftus-Cheek), Delph, Alli (Henderson) -
Sancho, Wilson
(Rashford), Lingard (Rooney)
notes: Delph took up the leftback position from the 58th min.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.4 Appearances/Goals 9.5 0.5

USA Team



FIFA (25 Oct 2018) 23rd
EFO ranking
ELO rating
27th to 30th
Colours: Made by Nike - Navy blue v-necked jerseys with lighter blue halfhoops, navy blue shorts, royal blue socks
Capt: William Trapp,
Brad Guzan after 70 min.
Interim coach: Dave Sarachen, 64 (7 June 1954), appointed as interim coach 14 November 2017
eleventh match, W 3 - D 4 - L 4 - F 11 - A 14.
USA Lineup
1 Guzan, Bradley E. 34 9 September 1984 GK Atlanta United FC 60 0
2 Yedlin, DeAndre R. 25 9 July 1993 RB Newcastle United FC, England 57 0
3 Miazga, Matt 23 19 July 1995 CD FC de Nantes, France, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 11 1
19 Flores Villafaña, Jorge A., off 88th min. 29 16 September 1989 LB Portland Timbers 20 0
20 Trapp, William A., off 70th min. 25 15 January 1993 LDM Colombus Crew SC 10 0
6 Brooks Jr, John Anthony 25 28 January 1993
in Berlin, Germany
CD VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 22 2
7 Wood, Bobby S. 25 15 November 1992 CF Hannoverscher Sv von 1896, Germany, on loan from Hamburger SV eV, Germany 44 13
8 McKennie, Weston J.E., off 76th min. 20 28 August 1998 RDM Fc Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 7 1
16 Green, Julian W., off 62nd min. 23 6 June 1995 AM SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Germany 15 4
10 Pulisic, Christian M. 20 18 September 1998 RM Bsv Borussia 09eV Dortmund, Germany 22 9
11 Weah, Timothy T., off76th min 18 22 February 2000 LM Paris Saint Germain FC, France 8 1
USA Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 USA 0
4 Adams, Tyler S., on 62nd min. (61:19) for Green 19 14 February 1999 CM New York Red Bulls 8 1
23 Perry Acosta, Kellyn K., on 70th min. (69:29) for Trapp 23 25 July 1995 DM Colorado Rapids 22 2
15 Saief, Kenneth H., on 76th min. (75:06) for Weah 24 17 December 1993 LM RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 4 0
14 Lletget, Sebastian F, on 76th min. (75:17) for McKennie 26 3 September 1992 DM LA Galaxy 4 1
scoreline: England 3 USA 0
18 Moore, Shaquell K., on 88th min. (87:01) for Villafaña 22 2 November 1996 LB CF Reus Deportiu SAD, Spain, on loan from Levante UD SAD, Spain 4 0
result: England 3 USA 0

unused substitutes:

5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 9-Marcus Delgado, 12-Ethan Horvath, 25-Reg Cannon.
4-5-1 Guzan -
Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Villafana
(Moore) -
Pulisic, McKennie
(Lletget), Green (Adams), Trapp (Acosta), Weah (Saief) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.3 Appearances/Goals 25.1 2.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A strange game, this one.  The pre-match talk was all about Wayne Rooney, or course it was, as the England legend was given a farewell appearance international that both he and the fans could savour.  Fair enough, but it was also a much changed side that Gareth Southgate put out after last month’s fine win in Spain.  Three new caps, with Lewis Dunk, Callum Wilson and, after the break, Alex McCarthy in goal, making their debuts.  Ironically though, Rooney began the match on the bench.

England started brightly and after five minutes the visiting goalkeeper Brad Guzan tipped a Deli Alli header on to the bar, although the referee signalled that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross had gone out before Alli’s header.  When the action swung to the other end Dunk was on hand to head a dangerous cross away and then, two minutes later, Wilson almost celebrated a debut goal, only just failing to reach a Jesse Lingard cross.  It was all action in these early stages, with the young USA side very much showing the transitional state that they were in.  They were all over the place at times as England pushed forward relentlessly.  Wilson should have had a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Guzan, but the referee waived away the penalty claims.

Jadon Sancho, the young England talent, making his first start, showed his twinkle toes on occasions, and this lad has the makings of a real star.  At just 18 years of age he has the world at his feet.  He set Harry Winks up with one effort but the Tottenham man fluffed his shot.

The majority of the play was very much England’s but on 24 minutes they nearly gave away a silly goal.  A bad mistake by Michael Keane, who otherwise had a solid game,  was so nearly punished as Christian Pulisic latched on to the ball but with a free shot he could only hit the advancing Jordan Pickford, who saved with his body, and the ball was scrambled clear.

That was a scare for England, but just a minute later a magnificent goal emphasised England’s dominance.  Alli, out on the left, touched the ball to one side to Lingard and the Manchester United striker curled a fantastic shot into the far top corner, giving Guzan no chance.  It was a fabulous goal and reminiscent of the one he scored in the World Cup back in the summer.  Barely two minutes later and it was 2-0.  Alli was again involved as he found Sancho in the inside-right position.  The youngster cleverly waited for the overlapping Alexander-Arnold before laying the ball into his path.  The full-back hit a tremendous first-time shot into the far corner.  It was Alexander-Arnold’s first goal for his country and a memorable one too.

The USA were stunned by those two goals in two minutes but they tried to hit back when skipper William Trapp’s challenge on Fabian Delph won the ball and his pass to Julian Green resulted in a good shot which Pickford did well to block with both fists.

With England seemingly easing off a little after their two goals it opened the way for the States to apply some pressure before half-time.  Pulisic fired a shot wide after good play by Tim Weah, and the England defenders had to block a couple of other efforts.

After the break Alex McCarthy came on for Pickford, but there was no sign of Rooney, much to the crowd’s puzzlement.  Both sides started the half on the front foot and a forceful run by the ever-willing Pulisic saw another shot blocked by the home defence.  Ben Chilwell then put in a good run down the left but Lingard’s shot hit a defender before being cleared.  The USA were having more of the play at this stage but the England defenders were shutting their forwards down well and McCarthy had little to do.

raft of substitutions followed and the biggest cheer of the night came when the crowd spotted Rooney in his familiar number ten shirt ready to come on.  He joined the action with Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, whilst Alli, Chilwell and Lingard went off.  The US team also made changes and as so often happens all these substitutions disrupted the flow of the game.

On 66 minutes Bobby Wood saw another shot charged down and England were struggling to recapture the earlier sparkle they had.  A corner was given away and Wood really should have pulled a goal back from the cross.  His header flew over though and England escaped.  Reuben Loftus-Cheek then came on for Winks and over the next few minutes England’s play improved.  Rooney had his first shot of the night, and then Loftus-Cheek set up Alexander-Arnold with a fine pass, but the resultant cross from the latter was put wide by Wilson.

Wilson had come close a couple of times with his enthusiastic centre-forward play, and on 76 minutes he scored the goal he deserved.  Delph, now at left-back, found himself down the left-wing and his cross was perfectly met by the striker as Wilson volleyed the ball past Guzan.  The Bournemouth player was overjoyed to score, and it was just as well that he did because in the next instance he was replaced by Marcus Rashford.

England began this match well, and they were ending it well too, with several dangerous attacks coming in the final ten minutes.  Rooney showed his passing skills, and he nearly set up Loftus-Cheek with one fine pass over the top of the visiting defence.  Rooney also played Rashford in, but the striker was crowded out.  All the time that Rooney was on the field, and he played very well it has to be said, the crowd were willing him to score.  Right at the death it seemed the perfect script had been written.  A lovely move by England ended with Rooney having a magical chance.  Alas, the USA goalkeeper ruined the moment by diving to his right to pull off a smart save.  What a disappointment!  There was still time for Rooney to have one more chance, but he just failed to reach Sancho’s cross.  What a story that would have made, “Veteran Rooney scores from Wonderkid’s cross”, you could see the headlines couldn’t you.

In all seriousness this was a comfortable win by England and one or two of the players did their chances of future appearances no harm whatsoever.  Sadly, we won’t see Rooney playing for England again, unless the FA decide to have a reunion match for him when he is 50!  Thanks for all the great memories Wazza, and good luck for the future.

Meanwhile we now have unfinished business with Croatia!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor