Lewis Dunk is up and running with England – with 90 minutes, a win and a clean sheet on his debut.

The Albion centre-back from Brighton helped his country beat USA 3-0 in a friendly which doubled up as Wayne Rooney’s international farewell.

Dunk became the fourth man to appear for England while an Albion player following Tommy Cook, Peter Ward and Steve Foster.

He is the third Sussex-born post-war England international, following Gareth Barry and Bobby Tambling.

Dunk was not the only man flying the flag for the Seagulls.

The England technical team included Albion coach Paul Nevin, who is working with Gareth Southgate around both this game and Sunday’s visit from Croatia.

So maybe it was apt that former Seagulls loanee Jesse Lingard set the place alight with a brilliant curler to open the scoring.

Dunk was up against Hawaii-born Bobby Wood, a 5ft 11in frontman who has scored two goals for lowly Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga this term.

The States’ 4-2-3-1 set-up gave licence for little Julian Green, of Greuther Furth, to buzz around off Wood.

Paris St Germain youngster Timothy Weah, son of George, was on the left and Christian Pulisic, a sought after 20-year-old from Borussia Dortmund, on the right.

Dunk settled in with some easy passes and had a couple of early chances to rumble forward for corners – looking to arrive late and come in behind opposing centre-back Matthew Miazga.

But his first header was of a defensive nature after the USA had done well to get left-back Jorge Villafana to the byline.

He later headed a cross safely behind and got a touch on to Pulisic’s driven low cross which took it kindly into the hands of Jordan Pickford.

With England on top and looking confident, Dunk looked up and went for one of those raking 50-yard diagonals which so often grace the Amex.

It was picked off in midfield and the USA raced away on a counter which saw Pickford save well from Pulisic with the England defence scrambling.

But former Albion loanee Lingard curled the hosts ahead with a beauty on 25 minutes and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold quickly added a cool finish after some neat interplay to put the hosts well in charge.

England eased off after that.

Did Dunk get a slight touch on a Weston McKennie shot from just outside the box as he moved in to close down?

Probably not – but he got a hefty boot to the rebound and cleared after McKennie’s effort had been parried by Pickford.

Dunk was in his element early in the second half, stretching out his right leg to clear a cross and then, then the ball was played back in, sending a deft little backward header into the hands of Alex McCarthy, who had replaced Pickford at the interval.

The Albion man was in less of a comfort zone when drawn wide left to face Weah, who sped past him quite easily and delivered a low cross. But no harm was done.

It was more of a test for the defenders now with the USA giving it more of a go and England less lively.

But that was no bad thing for Dunk, wearing the No.6 shirt and by now in more of a battle.

The introduction of Rooney on 58 minutes delighted the crowd but did not change the momentum.

Wood should have punished England with a close-range header from a quickly-taken corner while Dunk and colleagues were still deciding who to pick up on the edge of the penalty area.

But his effort flashed over the bar.

Callum Wilson, the other new boy in the Three Lions XI, made it 3-0 with a neat near-post finish from Fabian Delph’s cross.

Not a bad night for the debutants.