Rooney took the captaincy on his return

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Rooney gave a speech at the team hotel before the game, presenting debutants with their first England shirts.

But Fabian Delph started the match as captain, his first time as England skipper.

“It was quite emotional to be honest,” he said. “It will probably sink in later. As a child I always dreamed of representing my country but having the honour of captaining my country and leading the team out was probably the highlight of my career so far.

“It felt amazing, honestly it was the best feeling I’ve had in football. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”

The Manchester City midfielder handed over the armband when Rooney entered play in the second half, but he came up with a plan to ensure both players went home with a memento from the occasion.

“To be honest – we managed to get two armbands so we both got one,” he said. “Before the game he’d said he’d give it me at the end, which was a lovely touch from him, but then I said why don’t we get two.

“I’ll frame it, let my girls run about with it for a few days, then I’ll get it framed.”

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