Wayne Rooney, right, is congratulated after scoring in England's 5-0 rout of San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifying.
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October 09, 2014

LONDON — England inflicted San Marino's 60th consecutive loss, routing world football's weakest team 5-0 after a sluggish start in the 2016 European Championship qualifier at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney scored his 42nd international goal from the penalty spot to go within seven of England's all-time top-scorer, Bobby Charlton, but wasted several chances to close the gap further.

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San Marino, which is joint bottom of FIFA's rankings with Bhutan, prevented England from scoring until the 24th minute through Phil Jagielka's header in a first half when the 18th-ranked hosts lacked tempo.

After Rooney's strike before halftime of the Group E match, Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend netted after the break and Alessandro Della Valle scored an own goal.​

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England tops Group E after back-to-back wins thanks to a superior goal difference to Lithuania, which beat Estonia 1-0 on Saulius Mikoliunas' late goal. But Switzerland, which reached the World Cup round of 16 in Brazil, is surprisingly on zero points after following up last month's loss to England by going down 1-0 at Slovenia. Milivoje Novakovic scored an 80th-minute penalty after Switzerland defender Johan Djourou brought down Kevin Kampl.

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