Rooney Double Downs Oldest Rivals
They may not have taken their freedom but England definitely took bragging rights away from the old enemy with a 3-1 victory at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for the visitors before Wayne Rooney struck twice to seal the win. Scotland were completely outplayed in all areas and only managed a late consolation through Andrew Robertson.
The oldest international match in the world got off to a blistering start with both sides and their respective fans still sweltering in the atmosphere created by the national anthems. However, neither side looked to commit too many players forward in fear of the counter attack so much of the game took place in the middle of the park.
On 32 minutes, Jack Wilshere floated a beautiful ball behind the Scottish defenders and Oxlade-Chamberlain ran clear to glance in for the opener.
A crunching first half came to an end with the visitors taking a 1-0 lead into the interval.
Of the 111 previous meetings between the two countries, England only slightly held the upper hand with 45 wins to the hosts’ 41 but the Scots had not beaten the visitors on their own turf since 1985 so it was always going to be a battle to turn things around.
Immediately after resumption Scotland were pegged back even further. The defence failed to deal with a driven cross which bounced back kindly for Rooney and the captain duly finished with a close-range header.
Another long period of England dominance elapsed without the collage of Championship players having any real effort on Fraser Forster’s goal. It would have been the perfect time for Saido Berahino to come on and ease into the senior side but Hodgson continued with his tiring strike force.
Then, completely against the run of play, Scotland pulled one back on 83 minutes through Robertson who neatly slotted home after some slick play with substitute Johnny Russell.
However, any hope of a comeback was extinguished immediately as Rooney latched onto Adam Lallana’s tidy pass to make it 3-1 to the Three Lions. The England and Manchester United captain now has 46 international goals to his name, three behind Sir Bobby Robson.