Ross Barkley on target as England seal Euro 2016 qualification


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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley scored his first international goal as England booked their spot at next summer’s Euro 2016 Finals in France with a resounding win over San Marino.

Barkley helped himself to England’s third goal in 6-0 win, heading home from close range after a cross by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 21-year-old Toffees player has been in excellent early season form; scoring twice for Roberto Martinez’s team in their opening four Premier League games.

He capped an excellent performance against San Marino by laying on the final goal for Theo Walcott on a night when former Everton striker Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time England scoring record.

Rooney broke the deadlock with an early penalty in Serravalle to record his 49th goal in an England shirt.

Although he was not able to hit the magic 50 against San Marino, Rooney admits it was a proud moment and he hopes to get a chance to break the record against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday.

“It’s a proud moment. To be there sitting at the top with him in terms of goals is a great achievement and something I’m very proud of,”
Rooney told Sky Sports.

“Obviously I feel like I’ve got a lot of time left to go on and be the leading scorer but tonight it’s just a huge moment for me.

“It would have been great if the record had happened tonight.
Obviously the tradition of Wembley and to break the record at Wembley would be great.”

Everton are back in Premier League actions against champions Chelsea on Saturday. The Toffees are 4.20 to win the Goodison Park clash with Chelsea 1.85 and the draw 3.40.

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