Brad Guzan reveals what he told his defenders when Wayne Rooney came on for England

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England’s 3-0 victory over the United States on Thursday had the feeling of a testimonial match to it.

Wayne Rooney was the centre of attention. He was brought back into the England squad for one final appearance and was given a guard of honour before kick-off.

The 33-year-old started the match on the bench but he came on early in the second half, winning his 120th cap in the process.

England were already 2-0 up by the time Rooney arrived thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

But those inside the stadium were desperate to see Rooney on the scoresheet, with fans urging him to shoot whenever he was on the ball.

He had a glorious opportunity to do so in injury-time, but Brad Guzan saved his shot.

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper wasn’t willing to give Rooney a fairytale ending.

Guzan spoke to his defenders

Guzan was aware that there would be an attempt from England’s players to get Rooney to score and he brought this to the attention of his defenders.

“I was saying to our defenders that obviously they were trying to get him to score, so we had to get close to him," Guzan said afterwards, via ESPN.

“It was as clear as day that they wanted him to score, so I said that to one of our centre-backs and he turned around and said, 'I know they're trying.’”

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Did Guzan feel like the pantomime villain by denying Rooney’s shot?

"Listen, you're not thinking about things like that, you're just trying to keep the score as low as possible,” the US goalkeeper continued.

"You laugh and joke about it afterwards but in the midst of the game you're not really thinking about it. You're just trying to keep the ball out."

Fair enough. Rooney wouldn’t have wanted Guzan to stop trying, anyway.


So the former Manchester United star bows out of the international game with 53 goals to his name.

He's without doubt one of the greatest to ever represent the Three Lions.

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