Rooney double helps England down San Marino
Published on Oct 13, 2012 5:52 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney capped a week to remember as the England skipper's double inspired his side to a 5-0 win over San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
With regular captain Steven Gerrard suspended, Rooney led England in a competitive international for the first time in the same week he learned wife Coleen was pregnant with the couple's second child and the Manchester United forward celebrated in style.
With Roy Hodgson's side labouring to break down one of Europe's weakest teams, Rooney came to the rescue as he lashed in a first half penalty and then netted the decisive third after Danny Welbeck's strike.
The 26-year-old's 30th and 31st England goals moved him into fifth in his country's all-time scoring charts ahead of Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse.
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