Skipper scores brace in 3-1 win over Scotland to become third-highest scorer in England's history
Glasgow: England's young players grew from boys into men on Tuesday night as Wayne Rooney fired them to victory in the Battle of Britain at Celtic Park.
England skipper Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Rooney became the third-highest scorer in England's history after scoring his 45th and 46th goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also found the net in the 112th meeting of international football's oldest rivals, which ended in a 3-1 victory to Hodgson's team.
Rooney inspired England to victory on his 100th appearance on Saturday against Slovenia and it was the same story in Scotland on Tuesday.
Just two minutes after the restart, Rooney headed past Craig Gordon to double England's lead following Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener, which he scored after a superb cross from Jack Wilshere. And the England captain scored just after Andrew Robertson's first international goal to seal the win.
Overtaking Jimmy Greaves
Rooney's brace moved him above Jimmy Greaves in the all-time scoring charts. He is now third and few would back against him reaching Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals by the end of the season.
Peter Shilton's record of 125 England caps is also within reach and Hodgson has little doubt the player will achieve both milestones sooner rather than later.
"Records and milestones are important," the England coach said. "It must be nice for him to think he'll see his name at the top of the list, and a record number of caps in his sight too."
Rooney himself is not thinking too much about records at the moment. He is just savouring his role in a morale-boosting win for England, who have now won six matches in a row.
"It is fantastic as a footballer to play in these games," Rooney said. "We knew it would be a big atmosphere and to be honest we expected to win the game.
I'm enjoying my football. I've always loved playing for England, I'm on a good run of goals and I hope that continues. If that means I break the record then I'll be delighted."
The all-time England goal-scoring record held by Bobby Charlton
Number of goals scored by England's Gary Lineker
Number of goals scored by England's Wayne Rooney