England become 1st team to qualify for Euro 2016 as Rooney breaks scoring record

England became the first team to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 on Saturday after beating minnows San Marino 6-0 at Serravalle in their qualifier.

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Sep 06, 2015, 00:54 AM IST
England become 1st team to qualify for Euro 2016 as Rooney breaks scoring record

New Delhi: England became the first team to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 on Saturday after beating minnows San Marino 6-0 at Serravalle in their qualifier.

England, starting as favourites, opened the scoring as early as the 13th minute with Wayne Rooney converting from the spot. In the process, the captain also equalled Bobby Charlton`s 45-year-old England scoring record with his 49th international goal.

Before the break, Cristian Brolli doubled the England lead with an own-goal in the half-hour mark. England, thanks to a better midfield display in the second half, scored at will.

Within seconds after the re-start, Ross Barkley scored from a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivery to make it 3-0 in England's favour. Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott scored in the 68th minute, before Harry Kane and Ross Barkley slot home the 5th and 6th goals in a space of a minute in the 77th and 78th minute respectively.

In the six-team Group E, Roy Hodgson's side has won seven out of seven matches and assured themselves France 2016 ticket with three games left in the qualifiers. Switzerland are second with four wins from six matches, while Estonia sit at third. Slovenia and Lithuania are other teams.