England beat San Marino in a convincing 5-0 win at Wembley on Thursday night to maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship finals.
Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend were all on the scoresheet for Roy Hodgson's Three Lions while the visitors Alex Della Valle completed the rout with an own goal.
Captain Rooney proved the catalyst in this victory, attempting more shots at goal than any other player. He would likely have added to his penalty strike, had San Marino's Aldo Simoncini been less fortunate in between the sticks. He was wasteful with his chances - of his 13 efforts, eight found the intended target - but this had limited consequences against the Three Lions' weak opposition.
He scored once here, from a penalty, tried to claim a deflected own goal in the second half, and could have had a 'hat-trick' but for some poor decision-making after half-time, which saw him failing to beat Simoncini in two individual one-on-one situations. His efforts in this tie saw him move one step closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's England scoring record (49). He is now just seven goals away, on 42.
It was by no-means a spectacular performance, but then nothing spectacular was needed. Rooney recorded 40 passes in total, 87.5% of which found the intended target. He also created a further two chances for his teammates. He will perhaps be frustrated with the number of times he found himself dispossessed by the opposition (5), while he failed to record a single successful take on.
All-in-all, Thursday evening proved a routine display for Rooney and the Three Lions. The England skipper will now use his side's remaining qualification fixtures as the ideal means to surpass Bobby Charlton's all-time goal record.