England’s legendary forward and top goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, made his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions in their 3-0 win over USA on Thursday.
The Manchester United legend replaced his former Red Devils’ teammate Jesse Lingard just before the hour mark, and was greeted with a standing ovation by the Wembley crowd.
While he almost made his mark on the game – his low shot in added time being saved by US goalkeeper Brad Guzan – there is no denying the fact that Rooney has definitely left a major mark on English football.
Naturally, tributes began rolling in after the player’s final appearance in the famous white shirt, with manager Gareth Southgate being the first one to praise the veteran striker the humility shown by him on his last international duty.
“He has been brilliant, the time he has given to all of the players, the little conversations he has had with the younger ones,” Southgate pointed out (via Evening Standard).
“He presented the three new caps with their shirts and talked about what playing for England had meant to him, what his first game meant and what it should mean to them. Some really excellent messages to them and the humility he showed in his training, tracking back in five-a-side as if his life depended on it.”
Several of his compatriots as well as former teammates took to social media to congratulate Rooney on his incredible international career. Here are the best of posts from social networking website, Twitter:
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 15, 2018
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) November 16, 2018
Congratulations to the legend that is @WayneRooney on your incredible England career.
So happy to see you get the send off you deserve mate. 🤘🏾🏴 1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) November 15, 2018
— Dele (@dele_official) November 16, 2018
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) November 15, 2018
Good win from the boys tonight. Congratulations to @WayneRooney on his last game for England and an incredible career. Was a pleasure to play with. Legend. 🏴🦁 @England #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/7IOXNtBcGv
— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@RLC) November 15, 2018
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) November 15, 2018