Wayne Rooney moved outright third in England’s list of greatest goalscorers, surpassing Jimmy Greaves, as the captain found the net twice to ensure Roy Hodgson’s side overcame Scotland at Celtic Park.
Rooney doubled England’s advantage after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring in Glasgow, before taking the wind out of Scotland’s sails after Andrew Robertson had clawed a goal back.
A brace for the Manchester United striker takes him to 46 international goals in 101 appearances, three behind Old Trafford icon and leading scorer Sir Bobby Charlton, and Rooney was delighted to record another win.
Rooney posted on his official Facebook page: “Big win tonight and a great way to end the year in an England shirt.
“We knew it would be a tough game but we come ready and prepared and put in a performance!”
Victory was a sixth in succession for England after their miserable World Cup in the summer, and Roy Hodgson’s side were able to produce a markedly better performance than the one that had seen off Slovenia in their previous outing.
Scotland were unable to effectively deal with England’s sharp interchange during the opening periods, with Danny Welbeck and Rooney providing particular menace, while Oxlade-Chamberlain pressed home their dominance.
Jack Wilshere provided the exquisite pass over the heads of the Scotland defence and Oxlade-Chamberlain added a minimal glance to ensure the ball was diverted into David Marshall’s bottom left corner.
Any plans Gordon Strachan had made half-time soon unravelled as Rooney scored a second for England just moments after the break, powering his head through a failed clearance from Robertson.
The Hull City full-back was able to make amends when he slid past Fraser Forster after exchanging passes with Johnny Russell. Thankfully for Raheem Sterling, his failure to prevent this attack had no further repercussions.
England took less than two minutes to find a third goal, and lovely it was too. Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana were all involved down the right, before the latter cut the ball inside for Rooney to notch his 46th England goal.
England next play in March, and Charlton’s record will surely soon be a thing of the past.