On this day in 2015: Rooney creates history

Sport360 staff 09:40 05/09/2016
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Take a bow: Rooney.

England took on San Marino on this day last year with one eye on Euro 2016 qualification.

They didn’t waste any time imposing their authority at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle.

England captain Wayne Rooney got on the scoring list from the penalty spot in the 12th minute, to move onto 49 international goals – tying him for first place on the country’s all-time scoring list alongside Bobby Charlton.

The floodgates opened after that as second-half goals from Ross Barkley, two from Theo Walcott and one from Harry Kane helped England crush San Marino 6-0 and become the first team to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

More memorable events on this day:

1951: Maureen Connolly wins the US Open women’s title at the age of 16 years and 11 months.

1971: Peter Gethin, driving a BRM, takes the chequered flag in the closest F1 race in history, winning by 0.01 seconds from Ronnie Peterson at Monza.

1973: West Indies play their first ever one-day international, losing by one wicket to England in Headingley. It was also the only ODI Garry Sobers ever played.

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