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Rooney, Welbeck lift England

Published:Sunday | November 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM
England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring against Slovenia, during their Euro 2016 Group E qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London, yesterday. - AP

LONDON (AP):

Wayne Rooney scored for England on his 100th appearance before Danny Welbeck's double secured a 3-1 victory over Slovenia in the European Championship qualifying yesterday.

As Roy Hodgson's Group E leaders made it four wins out of four, San Marino earned a landmark draw against Estonia, ending a run of 61 consecutive losses for world football's lowest-ranked team.

The milestone match for Rooney at Wembley saw the England captain net his 44th international goal - cancelling Jordan Henderson's own goal - to go five behind Bobby Charlton's record 49.

"It was tough because they took the lead and we had to show our character," Rooney said. "It was a great reaction from the players."

Before the game in London, Rooney collected his commemorative golden 100th cap from Charlton to cheers, but the atmosphere became subdued as England laboured throughout the first half, looking disjointed.

The game came to life 10 minutes into the second half when England finally found the target, with Phil Jagielka's header saved by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

But at the other end, Henderson inadvertently flicked Milivoje Novakovic's free kick into his own goal when a headed clearance went wrong.

Just as quickly, the action was back in the Slovenia penalty area, with Rooney earning the penalty following Bostjan Cesar's challenge and scoring from the spot. Rooney is England's joint-third highest goalscorer alongside Jimmy Greaves.

OTHER RESULTS: Austria 1, Russia 0; Luxembourg 0, Ukraine 3; San Marino 0, Estonia 0; Switzerland 4, Lithuania 0; Spain 3, Belarus 0; Macedonia 0, Slovakia 2; Montenegro 1, Sweden 1; Moldova 0, Liechtenstein 1