Manchester United and England captain proved his worth as his nation’s main talisman on Sunday by scoring a late winner for Roy Hodgson’s men in a 3-2 victory over Slovenia.
By finding the net in the 86th minute at the Stozice Stadium, Rooney took his England goals tally to 48 – moving him level with Gary Lineker in second place on the all-time list of English international marksmen.
Rooney is now just one goal away from tying with fellow Man United legend Bobby Charlton, who scored 49 times in 106 senior appearances for the Three Lions.
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Rooney’s overall performance against Slovenia was far below the high standards he sets himself.
He failed to convert three really good chances, including a sitter after being set-up by Andros Townsend and this opportunity in the first half…
However, Rooney kept working hard, making the correct runs and putting himself in the right positions. That was rewarded late on when he latched onto Theo Walcott’s pass, before finishing with the composure which had earlier eluded him…
Rooney also deserves credit for the maturity he showed in not reacting angrily to this assault from Bostjan Cesar, which, according to the referee, did not warrant a yellow card…