Lewis Dunk has been given a pep talk ahead of his England career - by Wayne Rooney.

The Brighton-born Albion defender helped his country beat USA 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley last night.

England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Rooney presented Dunk and other debutants with their England shirts ahead of his own farewell appearance.

Southgate added: “He talked about what playing for England had meant for him, what his first game meant and what it should mean to them.”

Former Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell was among those to congratulate Dunk on his first cap.

Sidwell tweeted: “Fully deserved and I’ve no doubt it’ll be the first of many.

“Seen first-hand what he can produce on and off the field. Leader, captain and a top-class talent.”

Dunk’s 90 minutes alongside Everton defender Michael Keane ended Albion’s 36-year wait for an England appearance, dating back to when Steve Foster played against Kuwait in the 1982 World Cup.

Foster shared in clean sheets in all three of his international outings.

Now Dunk has a shut out to his name too.

He will stay with the England squad as they prepare for their winner-take-all Nations League group finale against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday but is not expected to start.

Croatia beat Spain 3-2 last night, meaning England can still top the group – or be relegated.

England boss Gareth Southgate was not totally impressed by his side's display.

But he said: “There were some really nice moments for some of the debutants in particular.”