Rooney scores on 100th appearance to spark England win
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:06
Reuters: Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th England cap by scoring a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Saturday which only came to life after halftime.
The England skipper scored with a thunderous spot-kick after 59 minutes having been fouled by Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar to move level with Jimmy Greaves as his countryâ€™s joint-third highest scorer on 44 goals.
He is now just five goals behind Bobby Charltonâ€™s all-time record of 49 England goals.
Rooneyâ€™s equaliser came two minutes after Slovenia took the lead when Milivoje Novakovic whipped in a free kick and Jordan Henderson sent a header flying past Joe Hart for an own goal.
England secured victory with two goals from Danny Welbeck who struck after 66 minutes with a scrappy left-foot shot before making it 3-1 six minutes later after fine build-up play culminated in a superb one-two with Raheem Sterling. He has now scored five times in his last four England appearances.
The victory maintained Englandâ€™s perfect start to the campaign and they head the standings with 12 points from their opening four matches.