Manager Gareth Southgate saw “a glimpse of the future” as England celebrated Wayne Rooney’s final international appearance with a comfortable friendly win over the United States at Wembley.
Southgate gave debuts to three players and they all impressed, with Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson’s goal capping an industrious performance up front.
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, a second-half substitute, were barely tested but both were solid on their first appearances, while Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho played the full game as he won his second cap.
Rooney, winning his 120th cap in a fund-raiser for his charitable foundation, made a 33-minute appearance on a night England showed their appreciation for their 33-year-old record goalscorer.
But it was the players at the start of their international careers who stole the show, as Southgate fielded England’s most inexperienced starting XI in nearly 40 years. Read more