Posted on: December 30, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_img1 Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record as England clinched their place at Euro 2016 by hitting six past San Marino. The Manchester United forward drew level with Charlton’s tally of 49 international goals with a penalty in the 12th minute, but couldn’t find a second to clinch the record and was replaced by Harry Kane after an hour. Against a team of part-timers – including an accountant, a bank clerk and a barman – the result was never in doubt. As such, the spotlight was focused firmly on Rooney and whether he could make history in Serravalle. Roy Hodgson made nine changes from the team beat Slovenia in June. Jamie Vardy and Jonjo Shelvey made their first international starts, while Everton trio John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley were given the chance to impress. As expected, England dominated proceedings and Rooney got the ball rolling by converting from the spot on 12 minutes. The decision awarded for a shirt pull on Stones seemed harsh but Rooney wasn’t complaining, sending Aldo Simoncini the wrong way. The visitors doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Cristian Brolli could only divert Luke Shaw’s left-wing cross into his own net. England’s third came just 18 seconds after the restart. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain raced down the right and his cross found Barkley, who nodded in his first senior goal for his country. Rooney was then replaced by Kane but the 29-year-old will surely be given another opportunity to make the record his own when England take on Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday. Just moments after replacing Arsenal team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott found himself unmarked at the back-post and had the simple task of tapping in Shaw’s low cross to make it four.Having failed to score for Tottenham so far this season, Kane then rediscovered his goalscoring touch with a deft chip over Simoncini from Shelvey’s slide-rule pass.And, from the kick-off, England immediately made it six as Barkley combined with Walcott and the Arsenal forward slotted his second into the far corner to round off a comfortable victory.The win saw England maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying and become the first team to join hosts France in next summer’s finals. England captain Wayne Rooney equals Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record from the spot last_img

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