Monday 24 October 2016

Rooney one off Charlton record after late winner

England striker Wayne Rooney moved within one goal of equalling their all-time scoring record when his late goal secured a 3-2 win in Slovenia and kept up the Group E leaders' 100 percent record in Euro 2016 qualifying last night.

Jack Wilshere earlier twice smashed the ball into the top corner from outside the area, his first international goals, as England moved within touching distance of the finals in France with 18 points from six Group E games, nine above second-placed Slovenia.


Milivoje Novakovic had coolly given the hosts a 37th-minute lead after a series of England errors and Nejc Pecnik made it 2-2 late on before a defensive howler set up Rooney for his 48th England goal, one behind record holder Bobby Charlton.

"It was a long time ago when England last went a season unbeaten and we're proud of that achievement," Rooney said (right).

"We need to keep improving now over the next season and make sure we qualify for the Euros. We're certainly a team that is progressing."

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