Southgate and Rooney delighted with winning England farewell

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       Gareth Southgate says the England players wanted Wayne Rooney to have the number 10 shirt against the USA as

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.

"All of our group have huge respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should be in the No. 10", added the England manager.

Rooney, who inspired D.C. United to the MLS play-offs, nearly marked his 120th and final cap with a goal, but saw his low strike saved by Brad Guzan.

Sancho said: 'It was a very proud moment for me and my family.

Southgate was unhappy with the defending and warned England will be beaten by Croatia in Sunday's Uefa Nations League decider at Wembley.

"He is in good form, we knew he was in good form with his club coming into this".


Manchester City's Fabian Delph will captain England against the US but will give the armband to Rooney when he enters.

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".

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. We gave Wayne a week that he deserved.

Southgate was saddened that Rooney had faced such questions.

"On the pitch we remain well positioned in the Champions League and although we have had a mixed start to our domestic campaign, the squad and the manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League", Woodward said while announcing first quarter revenues of £135 million.

'He is a great role model to us youngsters and we all have to look up to him because he is a great professional and hopefully I will be like him one day'.

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