‘Future bright for England’

LONDON. — Wayne Rooney believes the future is bright for England as a youthful Three Lions eased past the United States 3-0 at Wembley on his international soccer swansong on Thursday night.

Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side.

Should England avenge their heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia tomorrow at Wembley, Southgate’s men can build on the progress made by surpassing expectations in Russia this summer by qualifying for the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League.

“It’s my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week,” said Rooney.

“The way they are being coached is brilliant, it’s a great group of young players who have a bright future.

“They will go close to being the next team to bring a trophy back for England.”

The decision to honour Rooney with a first cap for two years divided opinion.

However, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the introduction of England’s greatest ever goalscorer just before the hour mark on his 120th international appearance.

“It will live with me for a long time,” added Rooney. — AFP.

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