ALEX McCarthy came on to make his England bow at Wembley last night in their 3-0 win over the USA.

Saints goalkeeper McCarthy replaced Everton’s Jordan Pickford at half time to get his first international cap.

The 28-year-old received an England call-up for the fifth time when he was selected by Gareth Southgate for the games against the USA and Croatia.

It completes a remarkable rise to the top for McCarthy as he wasn’t even a starter in Saints’ team this time last year.

He replaced Fraser Forster in goal last December and has kept hold of the number one jersey ever since.

McCarthy had to pull out of England’s previous international camp after just one training session because of an injury.

Southgate showed faith in the goalkeeper to select him again and then stuck to his word by handing him his first cap.

It proved to be a quiet affair between the sticks for McCarthy as the USA failed to create any real chances.

England scored two goals in a matter of minutes to take a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard got the opener when he was picked out by Dele Alli before curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area past Brad Guzan.

The Three Lions doubled their lead almost straight away with Alli involved again.

This time the midfielder battled his way into the penalty area.

He then found youngster Jadon Sancho who timed his pass perfectly to Trent Alexander-Arnold who made no mistake from close range.

England should have had a third before the end of the first half, but Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson could only fire his shot straight at Guzan.

The USA struggled to create any clear-cut chances until Michael Keane’s error allowed Christian Pulisic in on goal.

However, Pickford was quick off his line to thwart any danger.

Wayne Rooney came on in the 58th minute to a raucous ovation in what will be his final appearance for England.

Southgate’s team then added their third and final goal of the match when Wilson’s persistence paid off.

Wilson got in front of the USA defence to flick his shot past Guzan to find the back of the net on his debut.

The night marked the end of Rooney’s England journey, but signalled the beginning of McCarthy’s.