Wayne Rooney saves blushes as England pip Norway 1-0

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Bar a cluster of fans the top tier was closed on a day England recorded their lowest ever attendance at the new Wembley.

With the English football league season only three games in, the record low faithful of 40,181 turned out to watch England grind out a 1-0 win to kickstart their post Brazil era. To put matters into perspective, six of the previous seven Johnstone's Paint Trophy finals at Wembley have had higher attendance.

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In the fourth minute Per Ciljan Skjelbred brought down Jack Wilshere after a slick one-two with Jordan Henderson. Up stepped Leighton Baines, who was charged with taking the free-kick from the edge of the box, but he curled his effort over.

The match itself was slow paced throughout and the first shot on target for the home team was registered by Wayne Rooney, who fired past Orjan Haskjold Nyland from 12 yards.

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The goal

It was new captain Rooney who responded to the fans calling for a goal. A game that was in danger of fizzling out improved a little in the second half when Rooney thumped in the penalty winner.

Danny Welbeck was bought on as sub and the new Arsenal forward offered some thrust up front without applying a clinical edge.

Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were skilful and industrious and tried to make things happen throughout the game.

With Gary Cahill injured Roy Hodgson may need to make changes as England kick off their Euro 16 qualifiers against Switzerland next week.

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