By Niall Clarke
LONDON, UK- Wayne Rooney becomes England’s all time record goal scorer as the Three Lions defeat Switzerland 2-0 at Wembley.
The Manchester United man converted a spot kick five minutes from time to cement his place in history and break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record of 49.
You could sense the anticipation when Rooney stepped up after Raheem Sterling was fouled inside the area. But the weight of expectation was carried with ease as the 29 year old fired it home past Yann Sommer.
The striker was given a standing ovation for his 50th England goal as the record had stood for 45 years had finally been broken.
That goal doubled England’s tally after substitute Harry Kane opened the scoring with a low finish on 67 minutes.
With Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck suffering from injury problems, it was a chance for the Spurs man to prove his worth to manager Roy Hodgson. Kane’s second goal in as many games as substitute is sending a clear message to the England boss that he deserves to be on the plane to France next year
The game was a drab affair with England not asserting themselves after already sealing qualification in to the group stage of Euro 2016.
The biggest development in the first half was the injury to Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, who was forced off inside a minute with a hamstring problem.
England finally broke the deadlock with Kane’s striker before Rooney’s record breaking penalty sealed the deal for the Three Lions.
The 2-0 victory means that England have confirmed top position in Group E and remain 100% in qualifying.
With qualification sealed it was a chance for some England starlets to stake their claim to be in the squad for next year’s Championships. Manchester United pair Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling made their statements with a fine display in the back line. Ross Barkley had an on and off game whilst Jonjo Shelvey faded after a bright opening 20 minutes.
England, finish Group E with a home match against Estonia on 9th October, followed by a trip to Lithuania three days later.