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England qualify for 2016 Euros


Wayne Rooney (yellow armband) celebrates after scoring England’s opening goal

England became the first team to qualify for the 2016 European Championship by beating San Marino 6-0 today, with Wayne Rooney’s opening goal tying him for first place on the country’s all-time scoring list.

Rooney set England on their way to a seventh straight win in Group E by converting a 13th-minute penalty to move onto 49 international goals — the same total as Sir Bobby Charlton.

An own goal in the 30th minute was followed by second-half goals from Ross Barkley, two from Theo Walcott and one from Harry Kane, putting England through with three games to spare.

Rooney was substituted in the 59th, denying him the opportunity to break Charlton’s record against San Marino’s part-timers. The next chance for Rooney to hold the scoring record outright should come on Tuesday against Switzerland.

A goal from Estonia’s Konstantin Vassiljev late in the second half would secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Lithuania.

The victory put Estonia temporarily into third place ahead of Slovenia’s late game at Switzerland.

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