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Rooney helps England floor Scotland 3-1

Rooney helps England floor Scotland 3-1
Rooney took his tally to 46 in his 101st international to move within three goals of Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record of 49 and led by example as skipper with his composed side proving too strong for the hosts. Before the game there were fears that crowd trouble might erupt in the first football fixture between the two rivals since Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom in a historic referendum in September. Tuesday’s friendly, however, passed off peacefully with no reports of violence.

England were 2-0 ahead with seven minutes to play but Scotland came back when Andrew Robertson planted a left-foot shot past former Celtic keeper Fraser Forster to make it 2-1. But two minutes later Rooney finished off a well-worked move involving substitutes Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert by turning the ball into the net from close range before leaping into an acrobatic celebration.

Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring when he glanced the ball home with his head after a superb pass from his Arsenal team mate Jack Wilshere to score after 32 minutes, reward for England taking control after a frenetic opening to the game. Rooney headed England 2-0 in front in the 47th minute after Scotland failed to clear a free-kick.

Scotland pulled a goal back when Robertson beat Forster at his near post before Rooney wrapped up the victory from close range after a superb swift-passing move down the right.
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