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UEFA Euro 2016: England secure qualification as Wayne Rooney sets goalscoring record

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:13 IST

Wayne Rooney joined Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of the goalscoring charts for England on Saturday, 5 September, as the Three Lions became the first team, apart from hosts France, to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016.

England began the game as the stronger team, and were awarded a dubious penalty in the 14th minute after Wayne Rooney was deemed to have been pushed inside the San Marino box. The Manchester United forward stepped up to convert the resultant spot-kick, taking his total number of international goals to 49, thus equalling the record set by Sir Bobby Chartlton.

England consolidated their hold over the match in the first half after San Marino's Cristian Brolli inadvertently put the ball on his own net to give the Roy Hodgson-coached side a 2-0 lead. After the half-time break, England continued their dominance, as midfielder Ross Barkley scored from close-range to give his team a 3-0 lead.

In the 68th minute, Theo Walcott finished from a Fabian Delph cross to extend England's lead. Harry Kane then added to San Marino's woes in the 77th minute with a brilliant lob over the goalkeeper to make it 5-0 in his country's favour.

A minute later, Theo Walcott scored his second and England's sixth, as the latter held on for a comfortable 6-0 win. The victory means England will now finish in at least the second place in their group, ensuring qualification for the main tournament in France next year.

First published: 6 September 2015, 3:12 IST
 
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