Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for England as they ran riot against San Marino scoring five more goals. With that strike, Rooney has now equaled the goalscoring record in England held by England and Manchester United legend, Sir Bobby Charlton.
Wayne Rooney set his record under controversial circumstances as the referee pointed to the spot for a hand ball against San Marino when it was in fact England’s John Stones who handled the ball. Rooney stepped up to convert the controversial penalty in the 13th minute to equal the record and give England the lead. Brolli scored an own goal in the 30th minute, nodding the ball into his own net following a cross to make it 2-0 for England, England remained on the ascendancy and in the second half, England made San Marino suffer as Ronney flicked Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross into Ross Barkley who fired the ball home to score his first international goal and make it 3-0 for England just one minute after the restart. Rooney’s match came to an end before he could score a second goal and break the record as he was substituted in the 59th minute. Theo Walcott came on in the 67th minute and a minute later, he scored with his first touch firing Delph’s low cross into the net. Harry Kane made it 5-0 in the 77 minute as he was picked out by Jonjo Shelvey before firing the ball home into the net. Walcott made it 6-0 one minute later as he slid the ball past the goalkeeper after receiving the ball from Barkley to round off the scoring.
Rooney would be happy to have equaled the record but would have loved an opportunity to break the record but England would be happy to have been able to give some other players a chance to show what they could do.