England captain Wayne Rooney scored an early penalty to set his side on their way to a 5-0 win in the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against San Marino at Wembley yesterday morning (Singapore time). PA Sport analyses the impact of the Manchester United forward in what was a comfortable victory for Roy Hodgson's men.
The skipper, making his 98th senior appearance, proudly took the team out at the national stadium filled with just over 55,000 fans. Rooney looked determined to get on the ball and stretch the San Marino back line from his preferred central role.
Despite not getting much personal reward in the second half, Rooney continued to drive his team forward.
Rooney clearly enjoyed playing down the middle, supported by Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling.
When he was not able to find a way through, Rooney was quick to cut the ball back to other players queuing up for a pot-shot at goal.
He opted to drop deeper during the closing stages following a couple of substitutions.
The United striker tested San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini with an early curling free-kick. Rooney then made no mistake from 12 yards - having been hacked down by Andy Selva - for his 42nd international goal.
Simoncini thrice denied Rooney before his deflected cross went in for the fifth goal after it had struck Alessandro Della Valle on the shoulder.
Rooney worked hard right throughout the match against what was often a laboured defence.
Had to be content with just the one goal, which nevertheless took his international tally to within two of third-placed Jimmy Greaves in the all-time England goalscorer list.