Roo and Jack deliver Three Lions’ triumph

Jack Wilshere (right) after scoring his second
Jack Wilshere (right) after scoring his second
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Wayne Rooney was a happy man after a landmark goal got England a 3-2 win in Slovenia after a Jack Wilshere double blast.

The Three Lions maintained their perfect record in European Championship Qualifying Group E, thanks to Wilshere’s two strikes and Rooney’s late winner.

It was the Manchester United striker’s 48th for England and draws him level with Gary Lineker on the all-time charts.

“It’s great to score the winner and it was a great team performance,” said Rooney.

“We were unlucky to be 1-0 down and we spoke about that at half-time and came out on the front foot.”

England have ended the season unbeaten and Rooney added: “We’ve made a lot of progress since the World Cup. We’re proud of our achievements but we need to keep improving now.”

Wilshere was the star of the show, though, with two-long rangers his first for his country.

“Obviously it’s nice to get a first couple of goals for England,” the Arsenal man said. “It’s been a long time coming and I had chances in previous games.

“Usually in that area for Arsenal we play a bit more but the first one came, I hit it and it went in.

“I want to add more goals. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes; they all scored for England and I want that.”

A year to the day since beginning their disappointing World Cup campaign with defeat to Italy, the Three Lions displayed the vim, vigour and determination lacking in Brazil to extend their 100 per cent start to Euro 2016 qualifying.

It was far from straightforward but Wilshere’s first two England goals and Rooney’s 48th for his country saw Roy Hodgson’s men secure a 3-2 win at the sold-out Stadion Stozice.

This was an impressive answer to last weekend’s desperate goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland and one in which England showed no little character, having fallen behind to Milivoje Novakovic’s first-half goal.

The Three Lions turned the match on its head through Wilshere, whose first two England goals were as impressive as they were timely, only for former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Nejc Pecnik to snatch a late equaliser.

However, there was to be no famous draw for Slovenia to celebrate as Rooney was put through on goal, making no mistake to move level with Lineker in England’s all-time scoring ranks.

Manager Hodgson said of Wilshere: “They were not just any old goals, they weren’t exactly tap-ins and they summed up Jack’s game when he took over the midfield.

“It’s good to see that he’s not only creating chances for us and doing his work defensively, but also chipping in with two very important goals which put us on the front foot after going in on the back foot at half-time.

“When they equalised I thought it was a bit tough on us because I thought we dominated the game totally for long periods and I much prefer the win to the draw.”