Rooney sets record in Swiss win

Wayne Rooney became England's all-time leading goalscorer as he helped his side to a 2-0 win over Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday.

  • England 2-0 Switzerland
  • Delph limps off early on
  • Hart denies Shaqiri the opener
  • Kane steps off the bench to score
  • Rooney seals win with penalty

Match Summary

The Three Lions skipper converted from the penalty spot in the 84th minute to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's record haul of 49 goals, having equaled that tally in the previous game against San Marino.

Roy Hodgson's side had taken the lead through Harry Kane 17 minutes earlier, the Tottenham striker opening the scoring 10 minutes after being brought on as a substitute.

The victory ensured England would finish top of Group E with a 100% record of eight wins from eight, while the Swiss are nine points behind the leaders in second place.

Full Report

England's preparations suffered an early setback when Fabian Delph was forced off with a hamstring injury after three minutes, the Manchester City midfielder replaced by Ross Barkley.

Given that the hosts had already qualified for the finals in France next year, this match was a mostly dour affair, with few chances coming in the first half.

Gary Cahill got a header on target which Rooney tried to deflect past Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer from close range but failed to make contact.

The Manchester United striker then fired a low shot wide of the target, before he had a chance to run at the opposition defence and picked out James Milner, who tested Sommer but was denied by the keeper.

At the other end, Joe Hart had to be alert to prevent Xherdan Shaqiri from breaking the deadlock, pouncing on the ball at the Stoke winger's feet following a through ball from Granit Xhaka.

The second half delivered more entertainment as Rooney headed straight at Sommer early on, before Hart was called on to keep out an effort from Xhaka.

The introduction of Kane for Jonjo Shelvey paid dividends, although Hodgson had to wait 10 minutes for the substitute to make an impact.

Rooney was involved as he slipped the ball to United team-mate Luke Shaw, who picked out Kane with a pin-point pass and the latter duly smashed home at the far post.

The 29-year-old would still have time to etch his name into English history with the awarding of a penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling inside the area.

Rooney stepped up and drilled the spot-kick past Sommer to score his 50th goal for the national team and seal a 2-0 win.

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