The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) fell to a 3-0 defeat by England on Thursday evening at Wembley.
DC United striker Wayne Rooney returned to England for his 120th cap for what was billed as his final international appearance, the match itself turned into a showcase for the Three Lions’ young talent.
When Rooney came off the bench and on to the Wembley Stadium pitch in the 58th minute, the fans pulled out their smartphones to capture the moment. The striker almost scored his last ever international goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.
It was a difficult beginning for the US with England scoring through Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard in the 25th minute after he received the ball in the corner of the box, and curved his shot past a diving Brad Guzan.
Trent Alexander-Arnold added another just 2 minutes later, Jadon Sancho played the ball to the fullback on the side of the box, who in turn finished into the bottom corner of the net.
Bobby Wood squandered the opportunity to pull one back when his 66th minute header off of a short corner cleared the crossbar.
Debutant Callum Wilson sealed the win in the second half, after he volleyed Fabian Delph’s cross past an out-of-sorts Guzan. The Bournemouth man could have made it two or three with better finishing.
Despite the match being one-sided, and the Three Lions dominating the 90 minutes,the US side did improve after the break, but not enough to create a result.
American striker Josh Sargent was dropped from the roster after suffering an ankle injury and Tyler Adams was also absent from the starting lineup because of the the number of minutes [he] has played recently” in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The USMNT returns to action against Italy on Tuesday 20th November at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.