San Marino Zero-6 England: Rooney equals Charlton’s file as Three Lions seal Euro 2016 place
The Manchester United captain netted after 13 minutes to go level with the World Cup winner, as Roy Hodgson's side ensured tournament football in France
(Aim) — England captain Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring file in a 6-Zero win away to San Marino, securing the Three Lions’ place at Euro 2016 with three video games to spare.
The England and Manchester United captain had been closing in on Charlton’s marker through the present qualifying marketing campaign and, on the event of his 106th cap, matching Charlton’s look haul, he pulled degree with objective quantity 49 in worldwide soccer.
Rooney scored from the spot within the 13th minute after the guests had been awarded a gentle penalty, however was unable to take high spot within the all-time goalscoring record for his personal earlier than being substituted simply in need of the hour mark.
The captain set the ball rolling for England, and Cristian Brolli doubled the benefit with an personal objective.
Ross Barkley’s first England objective made it Three-Zero shortly after the interval, earlier than substitutes Fabian Delph and Theo Walcott mixed for the fourth.
Harry Kane, on rather than Rooney, chipped the guests right into a 5-Zero lead, and Walcott rounded off the scoring along with his second of the match as England convincingly sealed their place in subsequent 12 months’s match in France.
With John Stones, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy included from the beginning, Roy Hodgson was trying to be taught extra concerning the depth of expertise at his disposal, but it surely was essentially the most acquainted of England faces who broke the impasse for the guests.
After a whipped James Milner free-kick into the field appeared to hit Stones on the hand, the referee confusingly selected to penalise San Marino, reserving Marco Berardi, and Rooney stepped as much as slot the ball into the underside right-hand nook.
Rooney then drew a save from goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini from a decent angle six minutes later, with Milner unable to search out the goal from the rebound, however England continued to dominate on a difficult taking part in floor and shortly doubled their benefit.
Luke Shaw despatched in a harmful cross from the left and, determined to get a head to it, Brolli inadvertently diverted the ball past his personal goalkeeper.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain performed a key position as England moved Three-Zero in entrance lower than a minute into the second half, hanging in a cross from the fitting for Barkley to go house.
Walcott made it Four-Zero moments after being launched rather than Arsenal team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain within the 67th minute by tapping in on the far publish from a Delph cross.
Kane then confidently lifted the ball over Simoncini after being performed in by an exquisite Shelvey cross within the 77th minute, earlier than Walcott doubled his tally by capturing throughout the San Marino goalkeeper a minute later.
San Marino managed their first shot on the right track by Danilo Rinaldi within the closing phases, however the outcome was by no means unsure and Hodgson can now flip his attentions to planning for subsequent 12 months’s match.