Goalscorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hailed England’s growing “winning mentality” after seeing off neighbours Scotland 3-1 at Celtic Park last night.
In international football’s oldest fixture, things were rarely as flat as in recent friendlies and England went ahead thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s deft header from a pinpoint Jack Wilshere cross.
Wayne Rooney then continued his march up the all-time scoring charts with two of his own in the second half, Hull left-back Andy Robertson having salvaged some pride for the Scots with a fine goal in between.
The Three Lions have now won six in a row since their World Cup woes and Oxlade-Chamberlain senses a growing belief.
He said: “After the World Cup we learned that without wins and results the team gets nowhere.
“The main thing is getting results in the group but a friendly is important to us too.
“We need that winning mentality and games like this are massive for everyone.”
Skipper Rooney, who now has 46 goals for his country, three shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s record, took great pride in victory but also downplayed its significance.
Rooney said: “I think it’s the least important of out six wins, well this and Norway.
“The qualifiers are the important games. This is a massive game, England and Scotland, but our main aim is to qualify for Euro 2016.
“However, to win is fantastic, against a Scotland side in good form.
“It’s fantastic to play in these games, we knew it was going to be a big atmosphere.
“We expected to win the game. We’re the better team and we’ve shown that tonight.”
Rooney, who has now scored five times in his last four England games to bring Charlton’s mark firmly within sight, was typically phlegmatic about getting ever closer to the great man’s total.
“I’m just enjoying my football at the minute. I’m enjoying playing for England and I’ve had a good run of scoring goals,” said the Manchester United forward.
“I hope it continues and if that means breaking the record I’ll be absolutely delighted.”
Jack Wilshere, who shone in his deep midfield role and produced an assist of genuine class for Oxlade-Chamberlain, said: “We loved every minute of it tonight.
“We knew it would be a great occasion but, fair play to us, we rose to it.
“We are delighted we got the win.”