England has earned their place at Euro 2016 in France when they unsurprisingly beat San Marino this evening in the impressively titled StadioOlimpico in San Marino, but to the vocal frustration of many fans, captain Wayne Rooney was denied his opportunity to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals.
Rooney equaled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record with an early penalty, but was substituted by England manager Roy Hodgson after 58 minutes. Rooney will now have to wait for the game against Switzerland on Tuesday, but will at least have the consolation of beating this record in front of a home crowd at Wembley.
Harry Kane, who substituted Rooney scored the greatest goal of the evening. Theo Walcott, another substitution scored twice and could have scored a hat trick, while Ross Barkley added another goal. Brolli’s own goal in the 30th minute could only have added insult to injury.
San Marino, who are ranked 192nd in Fifa world rankings are the only team in the qualifying stages who have yet to score a goal, and despite a few occasions when the ball was in Englands half, the outcome was never going to be uncertain.Rooney has now scored more goals against San Marino than any other country.
England is now confirmed to play in France in 2016, but despite a lot of talent in the squad such as Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and John Stones there is still some doubt if this team will be able to bring the trophy home.
Team manager Hodgson will have the opportunity to further test the squad in three more qualifiers, hopefully giving fresh faces more exposure and experience.