Posted: 11/16/2018
Title: DADDY-120


   That was the message on the back of the 4 tiny white England replica jerseys for the sons of Wayne Rooney, Kai, Klay,  Kit and 8 month old Cass, , who was given a guard of honour at Wembley last night by England and USA players prior to a presentation by FA Chairman Greg Clarke, accompanied by Harry Kane to mark his 120th and final cap for The Three Lions.

        68,000 showed up on a school night, with many young fans in attendance for a friendly, prior to Sunday afternoon's Nations League decider with Croatia, who beat Spain 3-2 at home in added time last night.

       The famous pitch looked smooth, but worse for wear, after 3 NFL games in recent weeks. It was really an England B team prior to Sundays must win match with 3 youngsters making their first start for The Three Lions. The average age of the starting line-up was 24 years and 38 days, the second youngest in 58 years. A year ago last May I watched Jadon Sancho a 16 year old at Manchester City play in Croatia for the u17s in the UEFA tournament. I told his coach Steve Cooper a year later at St George's Park that it was the best and most exciting England team of any age that I had seen since watching on TV in the mid 1950's

       He left Manchestet City for £7 million to Borussia Dortmund, who now lead The Bundesliga and has been rewarded with playing time and has scored goals. Also on that club is Christian Pulisic from Hershey,PA, who was on the American team last night. He played at Bracknell Town 12 years ago and learned to love football while at school in England,  and is the star of a young USA squad that failed to qualify for Russia 2018. Also on the team at Wembley was Hawaian born Bobby Wood of Hannover, on loan from Hamburg,  and Tim Weah of PSG, son of legend and former FIFA Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner George Weah, the 25th President of Liberia.

        Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk also made their starting debut. Wilson scored the third goal in the 3-0 win just as he was about to be subbed. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring with a sublime chip over the head of Brad Guzman and two minutes later Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool doubled the score. Pulisic almost scored one but Jordan Pickford blocked his shot.

       Rooney came on just before the hour mark and everybody wanted a goal from him but he was close but did not add to his total.

      USA  stay and train in England prior to another friendly next Tuesday in Genk, Belgium against Italy at Luminus Arena, home of KRC Genk, The Blue Smurfs.