With his 120th and final international cap for England, Wayne Rooney could not help but cry as he gave an emotional speech in the Three Lions’ dressing room.
In the 3-0 victory over the United States, Rooney played in the second half as he came in as a substitute in the 57th minute – where he immediately wore the captain’s armband.
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Before the game, he was given the guard of honour as he walked along with his sons at Wembley Stadium.
After the game, coach Gareth Southgate revealed what happened in the locker room, saying: “Wayne said that he’d really appreciated the way everyone had made him feel welcome.
“It’s difficult to walk back into a dressing room where there are new staff and a lot of players he hadn’t played with. But he’s been brilliant.
“The time he’s giving to all the players, the little conversations with some of the younger ones.
“He spoke about what playing for England had meant to him, and what it should mean to the three debutants. The humility he showed in training, tracking back in the five-a-sides as if his life depended on it.”
Speaking after the game, Rooney spoke highly of the national squad, saying: “The future is in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week.
“On the training pitch and how they’re getting coached is brilliant. How they’re responding is excellent. It’s great group of young players who have a really bright future and I’m sure in the next few years they will go close to being the next team to bring a trophy back for England. I hope they do, it’ll be great for the country. I’ll be one of them fans supporting them.”