The Three Lions ensured qualification for the 2016 European Championships in France with a comfortable win against San Marino in Serravalle on Saturday

 

England maintained their 100% record in Group E with a 6-0 drubbing of minnows San Marino on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals thanks to a first-half penalty. The 29-year-old now has the opportunity to become the all-time leading goalscorer for his country as well as to get his 50th goal, when the Three Lions take on Switzerland on Tuesday night at Wembley.

Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane also got themselves on the scoresheet, with the Arsenal FC forward bagging a brace. John Stones, Jonjo Shelvey and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy were handed starts as promised before the game by England coach Roy Hodgson, with the Swansea midfielder in particular impressing in his deeper midfielder role.

Praise for Rooney, Shelvey and Walcott

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Arsenal FC winger Theo Walcott received unanimous praise on social media for their roles in England’s 6-0 win, whilst Wayne Rooney received well-deserved plaudits for his milestone goal.

The Manchester United captain entered a TV studio for an interview following the match in somewhat questionable attire, and unsurprisingly was the butt of several jokes following the appearance. Another interesting statistic that emerged from the game is that England have been the beneficiaries of 49 own goals following the one scored by San Mario on Saturday, something fans were also quick to use in their jokes on social media.