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Rooney grateful for one final chance to wear the England shirt

Wayne Rooney said he will cherish his final England appearance. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney will cherish his final England appearance but revealed it was perhaps a blessing in disguise he did not add to his record-breaking goals haul.

The former England captain, record goalscorer and most capped outfield player brought the curtain down on a distinguished international career with a substitute appearance in the 3-0 friendly victory over the United States at Wembley.

However, his 120th cap - a send-off which doubled as a fundraiser for his charity - was unpopular in some quarters, with some seeing the appearance as an unnecessary novelty.

Rooney went close to bagging a record-extending 54th England goal but was denied by Brad Guzan.

The former England captain, record goalscorer and most capped outfield player brought the curtain down on a distinguished international career Credit: PA

The 33-year-old said after the game: "If I did score it would've opened another debate over whether that goal should count or not. In some ways it's better it didn't go in.

"I think it's great the country, the FA are celebrating players who have left their mark on international football for England.

"It never happened in the past, which it should have. It's a newish FA, newish coaching staff. I think it's the right thing to do. It was a great touch for me personally."