England Report v Switzerland (h)
The perfect 10 remains on for England after a 2-0 win over Switzerland at Wembley last night, which of course saw Rooney break the England goalscoring record too with his 50th goal for the Three Lions
A nightmare start, as far as Delph was concerned, saw the Man City man pull up within seconds of kick-off! Only just back from a pre-season hamstring injury the midfielder, back in the England starting XI, will now face a spell out again with that same hamstring going in the opening 30-seconds.
Barkley, who impressed - as much as anyone could, with all due respect - against San Marino, was eventually on after about 3-minutes. A first chance, not too long after, came England's way with a masked Cahill heading towards goal, it looked like a Sommer save but Rooney diverted this wide.
Having tried his luck, which understandably he would given he was going 'for the record' Rooney couldn't hit the target, with another break involving him seeing him put in Milner who shot straight at Sommer who should have been tested more you feel?
There wasn't too much going on in the game but Shaqiri, of course plying his trade with Stoke these days, reminded us that they were in the game when he got in. A slightly heavy first touch didn't help but Hart was out quickly and bravely to snuff out his chance.
Goalless at the break, 8/8 was still on but wasn't much looking like England would score, then again nor would the Swiss!
England started the 2nd half well though with Barkley, when it looked like he had uncooked a pass, managed to get Sterling in. A better ball would have had him away, but as it wasn't Sterling had to go back to Barkley who had an effort blocked out with Rooney then having a header saved, with Sterling perhaps better placed?
Sommer again denied Rooney, well enough hit but straight at the goalie from distance but it was Xhaka who forced the first meaningful save out of Hart with a flicked header at the near post from a corner.
It was then, actually movement was being made before that chance, Hodgson clearly decided he wanted to go for it a little more with Kane coming on just over 10-minutes into the half in place of Shelvey to give another attacking option.
This seemed to be having a look about it as a game that 'could' drift along as a goalless draw, but this changed when Kane (67) made the breakthrough shortly after his arrival, as he buried the pull back across the box from Shaw.
Finally the moment came, well at least the chance, for Rooney to get that all-time goalscoring record came when Sterling's quick feet saw him win a penalty.
It goes without saying that Rooney (84) put the ball on the spot to beat Sommer, who got a hand to it but nothing more, for his 50th goal and basically wrap up an 8th win from 8-matches.
His 7th goal in a row in competitive games was also a record!
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