Football: Rooney scores on 100th appearance to spark England win

England's striker Danny Welbeck (right) celebrates with England's striker Wayne Rooney after Welbeck scored his team's third goal during the Euro 2016 Qualifier, Group E football match between England and Slovenia at Wembley in north London on Nov 15
England's striker Danny Welbeck (right) celebrates with England's striker Wayne Rooney after Welbeck scored his team's third goal during the Euro 2016 Qualifier, Group E football match between England and Slovenia at Wembley in north London on Nov 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Wayne Rooney won his 100th England cap and scored a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Saturday that only came to life after halftime.

The England skipper scored with a thunderous spot kick after 59 minutes having been fouled by Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar as he moved level with Jimmy Greaves as his country's joint-third highest scorer on 44 goals.

Rooney's equaliser came two minutes after Slovenia took the lead when Milivoje Novakovic whipped in a free-kick and Jordan Henderson sent a header flying past Joe Hart for an own goal.

England secured the win with two goals from Danny Welbeck who put ahead after 66 minutes with a scrappy left-foot shot before making it 3-1 six minutes later after fine build-up play on the left culminated in a superb one-two with Raheem Sterling.

The victory maintained England's perfect start to the campaign and they head the standings with 12 points from their opening four matches. Slovenia are second with six points from their four games.