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Football: Rooney rescues England in turgid Norway win

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:16 AM
England captain Wayne Rooney shoots and scores his penalty during their international friendly match against Norway at Wembley Stadium in London on Sept 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney marked his first game as captain with a goal as England overcame Norway 1-0 in a forgettable friendly game at a half-empty Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014.

The Manchester United striker smashed home a 68th-minute penalty won by the impressive Raheem Sterling to give England victory in their first game since they limped out of the World Cup at the group phase.

It was his 41st goal for his country, taking him above Michael Owen in the all-time scorers' list, and saw England end a run of five games without victory ahead of Monday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.

England manager Roy Hodgson also gave debuts to Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph and Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, whose new team-mate Danny Welbeck caught the eye as a second-half substitute.

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