Though it came with little fanfare, Sebastian Lletget’s 76th minute entry into the USA’s friendly match against England on Thursday served as a personal milestone in the MNT midfielder’s long road to recovery.
At the beginning of 2017, Sebastian Lletget had just taken his first steps with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Earning his first caps in January and February, the LA Galaxy midfielder was tapped to start the USA’s World Cup Qualifying match that March against Honduras in San Jose, Calif.
Born in San Francisco, Lletget had a dream start to his first cap in a qualifier, tapping in the rebound of a saved shot from Christian Pulisic to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. The trajectory of his night changed dramatically nine minutes later when Honduran defender Ever Alvarado leveled Lletget with a nasty challenge near the sideline. Hobbled, he tried to grind through the ailment but was forced to come off in the 18th minute.
That moment was the last time he would see the field for club or country in 2018. Diagnosed with a lisfrac injury to his foot, the condition required surgery and a lengthy recovery timetable.
“It was the ultimate high to the ultimate low a few minutes later,” Lletget told ussoccer.com this week. “Things happen. You can’t blame anybody. It’s just part of the sport.”
A 10-month recovery process followed, one which Lletget says tested him mentally but only made him stronger.
“I’ve learned so much and I wouldn’t change anything to be honest with you. As a player, as a person, you grow through that time. Now that I’m healthy, I think I’m better for it. I look back and feel like I learned so much about myself that I wouldn’t have learned if it hadn’t happened. Of course when things are going well, you want to stay with that, but that’s not always what happens. In this case it wasn’t the plan.”
Nearly a year later, Lletget was back on the field for the Galaxy’s season opener and played well enough to earn a recall to the MNT for its September friendlies. In that moment, he hit another road block, suffering an abdominal injury with the Galaxy before arriving in camp. After a few days with the MNT, he returned to the Galaxy.
“Mentally it was another test, and I asked myself if my time to get back on the field was ever going to come,” he said. “You get another lesson. I was feeling healthy, but life keeps hitting me with some lessons. Now I’m happy that I’m fully fit and I feel even better than back in September. I think I can offer more to the team being 100 percent than being 60 percent.”
Appearing in 28 matches for the Galaxy this season, Lletget finished the season in good form and earned a return for the MNT’s matches in November. Though he didn’t start against England, the former West Ham United Academy product finally got back on the field with the MNT in the same city he spent much of his developmental years.
“To come back from what I went through, the journey and how hard it was to just get back, from walking to running and actually playing this year, it was definitely uphill, but I didn’t give up and I climbed my way up. To be back here and step back out at Wembley was an amazing experience, given that it was so much time to get back to this. It was a beautiful moment for me, for my friends and family that kept me going through the tough time.”
Like his teammates, Lletget will hope to end the year on a high note with Tuesday’s match against Italy and as the MNT turns another chapter in 2019.
“I’m working my way back to where I was and I keep building on my strengths and improving my weaknesses. There is going to be a new coach and new feel around this team, and I think there are plenty of things to be excited about. I know we have a long way until the World Cup, but we have lots of important games in the next year so I think there is a lot to look forward to, both individually and as a team. We have a lot of promising playersObviously right now we’re still building and I think you can see this, but I think as we grow together this team can become something special.”Read more
LONDON (Nov. 15, 2018) — A U.S. Men’s National Team side averaging 24 years of age showed a resilient effort, but ultimately fell 3-0 to No. 5 ranked England in front of 68,155 fans at historic Wembley Stadium. Two first-half goals conceded in as many minutes gave the USA a 2-0 deficit at the break, before Callum Wilson’s 77th minute strike closed the scoring for the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalists.
Carried by the home atmosphere, England carried much of the early possession, but the USA broke out in the 25th minute and nearly pulled ahead. Weston McKennie played Christian Pulisic through on goal, with the MNT attacker breaking into the box alone only to see his close-range effort turned away via a brave stop from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Galvanized by almost conceding the opening goal, England marched right back down the field and pulled ahead thanks to a highlight-reel strike from Jesse Lingard in the 25th minute. They doubled the lead two minutes later as Jadon Sancho connected with Trent Alexander-Arnold to beat Guzan inside the left post.
The USA came out of the locker room looking more confident, carrying much of the possession in the early second half. A small break in the action occurred in the 58th minute as legendary England striker Wayne Rooney came on to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.
Not long after Rooney’s entrance, Pulisic came close to cutting into the lead, picking up a ball on the end line only to see his close-range effort turned out for a corner kick in the 62nd. Minutes later, substitute Tyler Adams played a short corner to Pulisic, whose cross picked out Bobby Wood only to see his header graze over the bar.
Despite positive signs in the attack, England came back to grab a third goal, as Fabian Delph’s cross from the left found Wilson, whose one-timed effort beat Guzan inside the near post.
The MNT closes out its challenging 2018 calendar with a match against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Kickoff from the neutral Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium is set for 2:45 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on FS1 and UniMas.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli) 25th minute: After Christian Pulisic nearly gave the USA a 1-0 lead, England came down the other end and grabbed the opener thanks to a break-taking strike from Jesse Lingard. Ben Chilwell played Dele Alli into space on the left. Dele cut back to the top of the box for Jesse Lingard, who took the space and measured a blinding effort that left a fully extended Guzan unable to keep out. ENG 1, USA 0
ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Jadon Sancho) 27th minute: Still reeling from the opening strike, the USA conceded a second two minutes later. Jadon Sancho carved a pass through the back line to find Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right before the full back hit a low one-time blast to beat Guzan inside the left post. ENG 2, USA 0
ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph) 77th minute: England’s third goal came as Eric Dier switched fields to find Fabian Delph in space down the left. Delph played a clever centering ball and Callum Wilson timed his run to perfect, slotting home a first-time effort past Guzan from the six-yard box. ENG 3, USA 0 FINAL.
Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 13th minute: Though a beautiful diving save in the early going was negated by a foul called on a corner kick, Guzan was summoned back into action in the 13th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold played Jesse Lingard in alone down the right, with the Manchester United winger unleashing a wicked blast that Guzan turned away before Wil Trapp cleared the danger.
ENG – Jordan Pickford, 24th minute: After sustaining a lot of early pressure, the USA nearly grabbed the lead when Weston McKennie collected the ball in midfield before sliding a pass through a cluster of England defenders. In an offside position when the ball was played, Bobby Wood held up his run, while Christian Pulisic took advantage of some confusion at the back to get through on goal. Into the box, Pulisic took the ball on his right and blasted an effort that Jordan Pickford read well from close range.
ENG – Jordan Pickford, 37th minute: The USA worked to claw things back as Wil Trapp delivered a hard tackle on his fellow captain Fabian Delph at midfield to force the MNT into transition. Julian Green picked the ball up in space and drove towards goal, but his effort from distance was punched away by Pickford.
USA – Brad Guzan, 39th minute: Playing down the left, Ben Chilwell lobbed a ball to the top of the area where Callum Wilson did well to take it down and play around Matt Miazga, but his low blast was saved by Guzan at the near post.
ENG – Michael Keane, 62nd minute: After seeing his free kick nodded away, Pulisic chased down the ball at the end line, picking it from Alexander-Arnold before cutting into the box and seeing his tight-angled shot turned out for a corner kick by Keane.
USA – Brad Guzan, 71st minute: Holding the ball around the area, an England pass finally made its way to Wayne Rooney just inside the penalty arc. The D.C. United attacker didn’t receive it well, but still managed to hit an effort that Guzan was equal to.
USA – Brad Guzan, 90+1 minute: Rooney nearly ended his international career with a stoppage-time strike. Receiving the ball in the box, the England legend fought of Matt Miazga to send a low effort towards the right post, but Guzan got down to quick to deny the effort.
- The MNT starting XI averaged 24 years, 278 days and 26 caps
- The match marked Christian Pulisic’s second appearance of 2018 and first in an MNT uniform against a European opponent.
- Celebrating his 26th birthday, Bobby Wood earned the start up top.
- Wil Trapp captained the side for the eighth time. His eight appearances place him in a tie with fellow starters
- Tim Weah and Bobby Wood for the team lead in 2018.
- The match marked the first time the back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Miazga, John Brooks and Jorge Villafaña have played together.
- The game served as a send-off match for legendary England striker Wayne Rooney. Currently a member of D.C. United, Rooney ended his international career as England’s all-time scored (53 goals) and as its second-most capped player (120 appearances).
- The MNT to 2-8-1 all-time against England and is 0-3-0 against the Three Lions on English soil.
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Luca de la Torre, Romain Gall, Jonathan Klinsmann, Aaron Long, Josh Sargent and Walker Zimmerman, are scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: November 15, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wembley Stadium; London, England
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Weather: 52 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ENG 2 1 3
ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli) 25th minute
ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Sancho) 27
ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph) 77
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 19-Jorge Villafaña (18-Shaq Moore, 88); 8-Weston McKennie (14-Sebastian Lletget, 76), 20-Wil Trapp (capt.) (23-Kellyn Acosta, 70); 10-Christian Pulisic, 16-Julian Green (4-Tyler Adams, 62), 11-Tim Weah (15-Kenny Saief, 76); 7-Bobby Wood
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 3-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 9-Marky Delgado, 25-Reggie Cannon
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan
ENG: 1-Jordan Pickford (21-Alex McCarthy, 46); 2-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 5-Michael Keane, 6-Lewis Dunk, 3-Ben Chilwell (22-Eric Dier, 58); 4-Fabian Delph (capt.), 8-Harry Winks (23-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 70); 7-Jadon Sancho, 11-Dele Alli (16-Jordan Henderson, 58), 14-Jesse Lingard (10-Wayne Rooney, 58); 9-Callum Wilson (19-Marcus Rashford, 79)
Substitutes: 13-Jack Butland, 12-Harry Kane, 15-Kyle Walker, 17-Raheem Sterling, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-John Stones, Head coach: Gareth Southgate
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 15
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 4 / 2
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
4th Official: Carlos del Cerro (ESP)
England vs. USA Lineup Notes
Nov. 15, 2018
Wembley Stadium; London, England
Live Broadcast: 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UniMas
Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. England: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 19-Jorge Villafaña; 8-Weston McKennie, 20-Wil Trapp (capt.); 10-Christian Pulisic, 16-Julian Green, 11-Tim Weah; 7-Bobby Wood
Substitutes: 12-Ethan Horvath, 3-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 4-Tyler Adams, 9-Marky Delgado, 14-Sebastian Lletget, 15-Kenny Saief, 18-Shaq Moore, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 25-Reggie Cannon
- U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Brad Guzan (60), DeAndre Yedlin (57), Bobby Wood (44), John Brooks (36), Christian Pulisic (22), Jorge Villafaña (20), Julian Green (15) Matt Miazga (11), Wil Trapp (10), Tim Weah (8), Weston McKennie (7)
- Bobby Wood gets the start on his 26th birthday. Should he score tonight, he would follow current MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart to become the second player in the modern era to score on his birthday. Stewart tallied on his 32nd in the USA’s 2-1 win at Honduras in World Cup Qualifying on March 28, 2001.
- Tonight’s match marks Christian Pulisic’s second appearance of 2018 and first in an MNT uniform against a European opponent.
- The Starting XI averages 24 years, 278 days and 26 caps.
- Should he score in tonight’s game, Pulisic would become the fastest MNT player to 10 goals in terms of caps (22) and age (20 years, 58 days). Clint Mathis (23 caps) and Jozy Altidore (20 years, 337 days) are the current record-holders.
- A 10-year veteran of the English League setup with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, Brad Guzan gets the start in goal.
- A consistent starter for Premier League side Newcastle United, DeAndre Yedlin is the lone English-based player in the USA starting XI.
- Wil Trapp captains the side for the eighth time tonight. His eight appearances place him in a tie with fellow starters Tim Weah and Bobby Wood for the team lead in 2018.
- Tonight’s match marks the first time the back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Miazga, John Brooks and Jorge Villafaña have played together.
- The four-man midfield features Weston McKennie and Wil Trapp partnered, with Christian Pulisic, Julian Green and Tim Weah lined up in front of them from right to left.
- Bobby Wood starts up top. In June’s match at Ireland, Wood became just the sixth MNT player in the modern era to record three goals on European soil.
- The MNT holds a 2-7-1 all-time record against England and is 0-2-0 against the Three Lions on English soil.
- The USA holds is 0-4-0 all-time in England. Jozy Altidore is the lone MNT goal scorer, with his marker coming via the penalty spot in the team’s 2-1 defeat to Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014 at Craven Cottage in London.
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Luca de la Torre, Romain Gall, Jonathan Klinsmann, Aaron Long, Josh Sargent and Walker Zimmerman, are scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.
LONDON (Nov. 14, 2018) – The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its fall Kickoff Series with a high-profile match against fifth-ranked England in London on Thursday, Nov. 15.
U.S. MNT DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0), 12-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), 22-Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): 6-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), 25-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0),
5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), 26-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), 3-Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1),18-Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0), 19-Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 19/0), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 56/0), 21-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)
MIDFIELDERS (12): 23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2), 4-Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), 24-Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), 9-Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), 27-Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), 16-Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 14/4), 14-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), 15-Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), 20-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0), 11-Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 7/1)
FORWARDS (2): 13-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), 7-Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 43/13)
CONSISTENT APPROACH AND THE BIG 5-0
MNT head coach Dave Sarachan began 2018 by saying this would be a year of opportunity and experience for players and with the final matches approaching he has lived up to that promise. A total of 50 players have earned at least one cap in the nine matches so far, including 19 first-timers – a figure that is just two off the mark for MNT debuts in a calendar year. Remarkably, 34 of those players have accumulated 10 caps or less. Along the way, a total of 12 players have appeared in five or more matches. Balancing giving players experience with a difficult schedule, the MNT has still posted a more than respectable 3-3-3 record, including a draw against eventual World Cup champion France and a win against regional rival Mexico.
CLOSING OUT IN STYLE
What better way to close a year of fantastic experiences than a visit to the birthplace of football and then take on one of the world’s storied national teams. The U.S. gets its third invitation to famed Wembley Stadium, where it will face England for the first time since the 1-1 draw in the opening match of Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s side were one of the darlings of this summer’s tournament in Russia, reaching the Semifinal before falling in heartbreaking fashion to Croatia in extra time.
SPECIAL MOMENT FOR ENGLISH-BORN CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS
Born in Southend-on-Sea, England and a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, Cameron Carter-Vickers has spent almost his entire life in England. Still, the center back represents the United States by virtue of being the son of former collegiate basketball star Howard Carter who shined with Louisiana State University in the early 1980s. Prior to Thursday’s match against England, Carter-Vickers discussed how special it would be to represent the United States against the Three Lions with fellow English-born, U.S. international Antonee Robinson, who will unfortunately have to miss the match after suffering an ankle sprain on Tuesday.
YOUNG MIDFIELD TRIO FINALLY IN CAMP TOGETHER
While the U.S. Men’s National Team’s next generation has taken its opportunities to grow together during the past year, one combination fans still haven’t seen is the potential midfield partnership of 20-year-olds Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie and 19-year-old Tyler Adams. Having spent plenty of time together with U.S. Youth National Teams, differing circumstances throughout the last year have kept the trio from getting into the same camp together until now.
WAYNE ROONEY SENDOFF
Thursday’s match will also serve as a “send-off” international for England legend Wayne Rooney. The all-time leading goal scorer for the Three Lions, Rooney’s signing was the catalyst behind D.C. United turnaround this season, registering 12 goals and seven assist in 20 matches while taking the club from near bottom of the Eastern Conference into the MLS Cup Playoffs. The former Manchester United and Everton player recorded 53 goals in 119 international appearances, representing England at six major tournaments – the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and the 2004, 2012 and 2016 European Championships.
With the 2022 cycle officially underway, the process of elevating a rising crop of internationals is already in motion. Since November of last year, a total of 18 players have debuted for the senior MNT. Seventeen of them came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. ussoccer.com has profiled 11 of these hopefuls at the start of the new video series RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which chronicle the route of players on their quest to become a part of the National Team by going behind the scenes with family, youth, coaches, teammates and professional club managers from across the world. [WATCH SERIES]
- The teams have met 10 times, with the USA trailing the all-time series 2-7-1.
- The USA pulled one of the biggest upsets in FIFA World Cup history when the team used a goal from Joe Gaetjens to defeat England 1-0 during the group stage of the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
- The last meeting with England also came at the FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard and Clint Dempsey traded goals as the teams played to a 1-1 draw during the 2010 tournament in Rustenberg, South Africa.
- The USA’s other win in the series came thanks to goals from Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas as the MNT defeated England 2-0 on June 9, 1993 in Foxborough, Mass.
- England has hosted the MNT at Wembley Stadium twice before. On Sept. 7, 1994, the USA fell 2-0 to the Three Lions in its first match following that year’s FIFA World Cup. The MNT returned to London 14 years later, again falling 2-0 to England on May 28, 2008.
USA ROSTER NOTES
- As of Nov. 15, 2018, the roster carries an average age of 23 years, 187 days, while 16 players are 23 years and under.
- Nine players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luca de la Torre, Jonathan Klinsmann, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.
- Brad Guzan (59 caps), DeAndre Yedlin (56) and Bobby Wood (43) are the senior-most players on the roster.
- The 26 players on the roster ply their trade in nine different countries: USA (9), Germany (7), Belgium, England and France (2 each); Canada, Spain, Sweden and Wales (1 each)
- Four players are with teams currently involved in the MLS Cup Playoffs: Tyler Adams and Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls); Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) and Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers).
- After missing out on October’s matches due to injury, the duo of Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie returns for the team’s year-end friendlies.
- Christian Pulisic will make his second appearance of 2018 in an MNT camp, having played in the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pa.
- Midfielder Romain Gall and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann are in the midst of their first MNT camps.
- Gall, 23, has recorded 14 goals in 31 matches across all competitions for Swedish sides Sundsvall and his current club, Malmö in 2018.
- Klinsmann has appeared in nine matches, keeping four clean sheets for Hertha Berlin II this season.
- Thursday’s match against England at historic Wembley Stadium will be a special moment for Cameron Carter-Vickers. The English-born defender grew up in Southend-on-Sea and developed with Tottenham Hotspur before going out on loan to Swansea City of the English League Championship.
- Two more players on the roster are based in the English league system, with DeAndre Yedlin currently lining up for Newcastle United, while Luca de la Torre is part of the Fulham setup.
- Christian Pulisic also lived in England for a year, when his mother was granted a Fulbright scholarship for a teaching exchange near Oxford. The young Pulisic turned out for Brackley Town, an experience that is said to have set up his love for the game.
- Goalkeeper Brad Guzan had a 10-year stay in England, featuring for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.
- Midfielder Sebastian Lletget began his career with West Ham United, where he played in the club’s development setup from 2009-2015.
- Fifteen players have represented the U.S. at a Youth World Cup: Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luca de la Torre, Marky Delgado, Ethan Horvath, Jonathan Klinsmann, Matt Miazga, Shaq Moore, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Wil Trapp, Jorge Villafaña and DeAndre Yedlin.
ENGLAND ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham; 0/0), Jack Butland (Stoke City; 9/0), Alex McCarthy (Southampton; 0/0), Jordan Pickford (Everton; 13/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool; 4/0), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City; 3/0), Lewis Dunk (Brighton; 0/0), Joe Gomez (Liverpool; 5/0), Michael Keane (Everton; 4/0), Luke Shaw (Manchester United; 8/0), John Stones (Manchester City; 36/2), Kyle Walker (Manchester City; 43/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Ross Barkley (Chelsea; 24/2), Dele Ali (Tottenham Hotspur; 31/3), Fabian Delph (Manchester City; 16/0), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur; 36/3), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool; 47/0), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United; 20/2), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea; 9/0), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur; 2/0)
FORWARDS (6): Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur; 34/19), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United; 29/6), Wayne Rooney (D.C. United; 119/53)*, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 1/0), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City; 46/4), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth; 0/0)
- England currently sits fifth in the FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium, France, Brazil and Croatia.
- Thirteen players on the England roster were part of the Three Lions’ run to the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- The roster features Harry Kane, who scored six goals to win the Golden Boot in Russia last summer.
- The match will serve as a warm-up for England’s final UEFA Nations League clash, which will come against Croatia on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
- The game will also serve as a send-off international for current D.C. United striker and England legend Wayne Rooney
- With 53 goals, Rooney is England’s all-time leading goal scorer. Set to earn his 120th cap, Rooney will finish his international career second on England’s appearance list behind only goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125 caps).