WAYNE Rooney expressed his pride at surpassing Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse and moving fifth on England’s all-time goalscorers’ list with a double in a 5-0 win over San Marino in World Cup qualifying Group H at Wembley.
Stand-in skipper Rooney took his tally for his county to 31 with his two goals.
Danny Welbeck also netted twice before Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain completed England’s nap hand with his first senior international goal.
Rooney described his pride in his achievement and said: “There are some great players there and to be in the England top five is something to be proud of.
“I am only 26 so hopefully I will score a lot more.
“We created some good chances and maybe there was a bit of poor finishing but it’s not that easy when they put 10 or 11 men behind the ball.
“It’s difficult to break them down and we had to create chances and we managed to do that, so obviously we’ll take the positives and it wasn’t a bad result.”
Patience was also the key for Rooney’s Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck, who struck his first goal of the season.
Welbeck said: “I want to score a goal in every game and this was my first of the season, but I’ve been playing in different positions and it’s all good experience for me, so I’m definitely happy.”
n Craig Dawson’s penalty gave England Under-21s the upper hand heading into the second leg of their Euro 2013 play-off clash with Serbia.
The West Brom defender’s fifth goal in nine appearances for the Young Lions proved the difference in a game Stuart Pearce’s side dominated for the most part at Carrow Road.