Wayne Rooney becomes third highest England scorer
On a hectic international day, captain Wayne Rooney consolidated his position as one of the greatest England goal-scorers with a brace against Scotland on Tuesday.
New Delhi: On a hectic international day, captain Wayne Rooney consolidated his position as one of the greatest England goal-scorers with a brace against Scotland on Tuesday.
The Manchester United forward scored two second-half goals after Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in front of a packed Celtic Park crowd in Glasgow. The match ended with Roy Hodgson's side winning the match 3-1.
With those two goals, the 29-year-old has now moved within the touching distance of legendary Bobby Charlton's all-time England record of 49 goals. Playing in his 101st England match, Rooney overtook Jimmy Greaves on the list at third place. With 46 goals, he is behind only Charlton and Gary Lineker, on 48.
With the victory over their Auld Enemy, Hodgson's side have now won all six of the games they have played since their group-stage exit at the Brazil World Cup. They will resume their Euro 2016 qualifying in March at home against Lithuania for a Group E encounter. England are leading the six-team group with a six-point advantage.
Rooney made his senior international debut in February 2003 at the age of 17, becoming the youngest player to represent England. The record has since been broken by Theo Walcott. The former Everton player is also England's youngest ever goalscorer.
Yesterday's match-day also witnessed some heavy-weight classes. Current World Cup winners Germany beating former champions Spain by a solitary goal, Portugal registering a rare win over Argentina -- in which both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi failed to produce any spark and Russia beating Hungary 2-1. Ireland hammered USA 4-1, but Italy and French escaped with scrappy wins.