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Rooney applauds the fans after England 3-0 USA.

Wayne Rooney reacts to ex-England players being jealous of the current team's success

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Wayne Rooney enjoyed his very last appearance for England on Thursday evening as they comfortably beat the United States 3-0 at Wembley.

The Three Lions were already 2-0 up before Rooney replaced former Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard in the 58th-minute and received a huge ovation.

The 33-year-old nearly marked his 120th and final cap with a goal, but he proudly leaves the international scene as England's all-time top scorer on 53 goals.

Prior to England 3-0 USA, Rooney's most recent outing for his country was back in November 2016 during a win over Scotland, and since then, he's been watching on as a fan.

However, the former captain has astonishingly revealed that several ex-England players have actually become jealous of Gareth Southgate's current team.

England's success under Southgate

After Sam Allardyce's resignation, Southgate took temporary charge of England in September 2016 and agreed a permanent four-year contract three months later.

His biggest achievements include guiding the side through World Cup qualification, a huge 3-2 win in Spain last month, and of course, what happened in Russia this summer.

England players celebrate after winning a World Cup penalty shoot-out against Colombia

Southgate got the entire nation roaring again as England reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, eventually being knocked out by Croatia.

A victory over the same opponent on Sunday will qualify England for next year's UEFA Nations League semi-finals, and Rooney has reacted to his jealous colleagues.

Rooney reacts to jealous ex-England players

Man Utd and England's all-time leading scorer said, via The Mirror: "I know there are some ­ex-players who I’ve ­spoken to that can’t come to terms with England doing well.

Rooney talks to Steven Gerrard during the 2014 World Cup

"That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I am proud to have played for England so many times, and I always have been.

“But I’ve had my time. I am happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress."

Rooney, who scored 12 goals to drag new club DC United to the play-offs, continued: “Hopefully this team can be the one to bring a trophy home.”

“I’m not jealous. I’m a fan now. I've had my time. I’m excited for him (Jadon Sancho). I'm excited for all of them, I'm excited for England.

Rooney and Kane were all smiles after England 3-0 USA

“This is a great opportunity for this group of players to make that next step. They've already got to a World Cup semi-final.

"But they can’t sit back and be happy about doing what the 1990 team did," England's most capped outfield player added.

"They have got the potential to go further. This is a young group of players, but I can see the mentality is right and they’ll be pushing for more.”

It's a shame that there are former English internationals that can't seem to handle the current national team's success, but at least Rooney has the right frame of mind.

Rooney and Gareth Southgate hug shortly after England's 3-0 win over the USA

With the likes of Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and more only improving, maybe England will go one further at Euro 2020.

Do YOU agree with Rooney that it's wrong for ex-players to be jealous of Southgate's England team? Share YOUR opinions in the comments box below!

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