Rooney scores on 100th appearance as England beat Slovenia

Rooney scores on 100th appearance as England beat Slovenia
Wayne Rooney scores England's first goal from the penalty spot. Picture: PA

Captain Wayne Rooney scored on his 100th appearance as England overcame a sloppy first-half to beat Slovenia 3-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley.

A Jordan Henderson own-goal had the visitors in front but Rooney won and converted a penalty before a Danny Welbeck double ensured England maintained their 100% record in Group E.

Rooney took to the pitch with his children before kick-off and afterwards spoke of his ambition to win more caps for a side which he believes is developing a winning mentality.

“It’s a great honour to represent England 100 times now and hopefully many more to come,” he told ITV 1.

“We’ve got a good winning mentality. I think you’ve seen that once we went 1-0 down. We knew it was going to be tough night, even tougher after they scored but the character we’ve shown was great.

“That winning mentality is with us. We believe we’re going to win every game.”

He added: “It was though because they took the lead and we had to show our character and I think that will be good for us as a team.

“Since the World Cup we haven’t faced that. Going behind it was a great reaction from the players and we’re delighted with that.

“We could have done better before they went 1-0 up and I think after that, that really woke us up and we went and showed what a good team we are.”

Rooney was also full of praise for fellow striker Welbeck who is beginning to develop into a key man for manager Roy Hodgson.

“He doesn’t have to prove (anything) to anyone,” said Rooney. “He’s shown he’s a top forward and he’s getting better. The more games he plays he’s getting better.

“He’s scoring goals for England, for Arsenal and he deserves all the credit he gets because he’s a fantastic football player.”

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