England confirmed their place in the 2016 European Championships with victory over San Marino in a game where Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goal scoring record. Manchester United skipper Rooney opened the scoring with his 49th England goal from the penalty spot but was unable to add to his tally after being subbed by manager Roy Hodgson.
Ross Barkley scored his first goal for his country to follow up on Antonio Brolli's own goal before substitutes Theo Walcott and Harry Kane found the back of the net to seal a routine 6-0 win. England's opener came in bizarre circumstances when referee Leontios Trattou pointed to the penalty spot after 13 minutes despite there being no obvious foul committed by any San Marino player. Rooney obliged from 12 yards however and slotted home but will have to wait until Tuesday's meeting with Switzerland to surpass Charlton's record after being taken off after 58 minutes.
Predictably, San Marino failed to threaten and England doubled their lead after half an hour when Luke Shaw's fine cross was nodded home by Brolli with Rooney lurking behind him. With Jonjo Shelvey pulling the strings in an impressive midfield performance, England had little trouble opening up the opposition and Barkley would eventually provide the third, nodding home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.
Jamie Vardy, handed a starting role by Hodgson, lasted the full 90 minutes as Rooney made way for Harry Kane with just over half an hour remaining. Theo Walcott added to the scoreline 10 minutes later, tucking home at the near post with virtually his first touch after a cross from Fabian Delph, who had come on for James Milner.
Walcott added another 10 minutes later, after Kane ended his own goal drought with an elegant chip over goalkeeper Simoncini. England host Switzerland on Tuesday knowing they have become the first team to book their place in France next summer.