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Rooney equals Charlton's record; England book Euro 2016 berth

Serravalle (San Marino): Wayne Rooney led the side in San Marino as the forward looked to shoot England to the European Championships and himself into the record books on Saturday.

England skipper Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal against San Marino on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
England skipper Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal against San Marino on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images 

The 29-year-old is one goal shy of Sir Bobby Charlton's record haul of 49 and began from the outset in Serravalle, where Roy Hodgson handed Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy their first international starts.

Wantaway Everton defender John Stones started in defence, while Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made their first Three Lions appearances since November.

There was a nice, convivial atmosphere around Serravalle ahead of the match, although some thoughtless England fans overshadowed that by chanting an anti-IRA song after bellowing 'no surrender' during the national anthem.

Saturday's results

Ukraine 3 Belarus 1
Luxembourg 1 Macedonia 0
Estonia 1 Lithuania 0
Greece 0 Finland 1
Russia 1 Sweden 0

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