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Wembley Stadium (ATT 82,305) 15th November 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: O Benquerenca

England England vs Slovenia Slovenia

England 3

W Rooney (pen 59)
D Welbeck (65, 72)

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Slovenia 1

J Henderson (og 57)

European Qualifiers: Wayne Rooney marks 100th cap with 44th goal as England beat Slovenia 3-1 at Wembley

Last Updated: 16/11/14 6:52pm

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Wayne Rooney capped his Wembley milestone with a landmark goal as England came from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1 and maintain their 100% start to the European Qualifiers.

The captain's 59th-minute penalty, on the evening of his 100th appearance, was a 44th international goal that drew him level with Jimmy Greaves at third-place in the catalogue of England's all-time top goalscorers.

It also drew his side level on the night, barely two minutes after a Jordan Henderson own goal had put Slovenia in front, and paved the way for a fourth straight Group E victory secured by Danny Welbeck's double (66 and 72).

The result gives England a six-point cushion on Slovenia, who came to London in second place following back-to-back wins.

Only Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton now have more England goals than Rooney, meanwhile, and it was the World Cup-winning knight of the realm who presented the skipper with his commemorative golden cap before kick-off.

The dazzle of that piece of memorabilia was not matched by a subdued first half, England's patient but powder-puff attacks failing to force a single stop from Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

In fact, amid a series of off-target long-range shots from the home side, it was Slovenia who went closest to a goal as Milijove Novakovic flashed a near-post corner wide after wandering unguarded across the England box.

Set-pieces always appeared the likeliest route to goal for the visitors, and so it proved 12 minutes after half-time as Henderson, in his eagerness to defend a dangerous Novakovic delivery, skimmed a header past Joe Hart.

England were stung into action and won a penalty within 90 seconds as Bostjan Cesar, whose first-half forearm smash on Adam Lallana had been deemed accidental by the officials, needlessly nibbled at Rooney's ankles. The captain's spot-kick was too firm for Handanovic, who guessed right.

Shortly afterwards England were in front, Welbeck bobbling in a left-footed follow-up when Lallana's deflected shot came back off Handanovic and fell obligingly.

And the Arsenal striker sealed a fifth successive victory - England's best run since 2008 - with the goal of the game, tucked wide of the Slovenia keeper after a smart give-and-go with Raheem Sterling.

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European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 4 12
2 Iceland 4 9
3 Netherlands 4 6
4 Turkey 4 4
5 Latvia 4 2
6 Kazakhstan 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel 3 9
2 Wales 4 8
3 Cyprus 4 6
4 Belgium 3 5
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 2
6 Andorra 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia 4 12
2 Spain 4 9
3 Ukraine 4 9
4 Macedonia 4 3
5 Belarus 4 1
6 Luxembourg 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland 4 10
2 Germany 4 7
3 Scotland 4 7
4 Republic of Ireland 4 7
5 Georgia 4 3
6 Gibraltar 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 4 12
2 Slovenia 4 6
3 Switzerland 4 6
4 Lithuania 4 6
5 Estonia 4 4
6 San Marino 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Romania 4 10
2 Northern Ireland 4 9
3 Hungary 4 7
4 Finland 4 4
5 Faroe Islands 4 3
6 Greece 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 4 10
2 Sweden 4 6
3 Russia 4 5
4 Montenegro 4 5
5 Liechtenstein 4 4
6 Moldova 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia 4 10
2 Italy 4 10
3 Norway 4 9
4 Bulgaria 4 4
5 Malta 4 1
6 Azerbaijan 4 0

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 4 7
2 Portugal 3 6
3 Albania 3 4
4 Serbia 3 1
5 Armenia 3 1

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