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United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan happy to spoil Wayne Rooney fairytale

17 November 2018

Gareth Southgate spared his England players a dressing down ahead of their winner-takes-it-all game against Croatia because he did not want to rain on Wayne Rooney's parade.

England's all-time top scorer Rooney came on as a 58th-minute substitute, to roars from the crowd, with the team 2-0 up thanks to excellent first-half strikes from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his first goal for his country.

Wayne Rooney will wear the number 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in the friendly with the United States.

Southgate was unhappy with the defending and warned England will be beaten by Croatia in Sunday's Uefa Nations League decider at Wembley. We gave Wayne a week that he deserved.

'We had a really inexperienced team out there again, so they've come through and learned a lot, and we've paid our respects to one of our greatest ever players. "We've had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results", said Southgate. "Unfortunately I couldn't get a goal but I'll remember it for a long time", Rooney said.

However, the former England captain says he is planning to return to England once he quits playing, and already has his next role in mind.

"It would have been ideal for him to score but we saw some moments of real quality from him".

"I thought we were too open and a bit ill-disciplined", he said.

"It has been a brilliant year no matter what happens on Sunday".

'We knew that would be a tough game because I think probably the first game they've had at home since the World Cup with a crowd in, so it would have been an electric atmosphere.

Debutant Callum Wilson rounded off the win on a comfortable night, but from a Liverpool perspective, the evening belonged to Alexander-Arnold, who was given the Man of the Match award.

"We've got really good competition for places, it was a good test for a lot of those players".

"I didn't like us without the ball as much".

Manchester City could be handed a one-year transfer ban from Federation Internationale de Football Association over the signing of eight under-18 players from foreign countries, The Times reports citing recent leaks.

United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan happy to spoil Wayne Rooney fairytale