Wayne Rooney has equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record with his 49th international goal as England had to settle for a 2-0 lead at the break in the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against San Marino in Serravalle.
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The captain could have become his country's outright leading scorer by netting a second eight minutes later, but home goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini beat his effort away after he had turned his marker and James Milner was unable to convert the rebound.
Milner then saw a tame effort bobble wide as England looked for a second against the group's bottom side, before Simoncini did well to beat Rooney to a through-ball and deny Jamie Vardy the chance of a goal on his first start for the Three Lions.
England did double their advantage on the half-hour mark thanks to an own goal, San Marino's third in consecutive meetings with England, when Cristian Brolli got his head to Luke Shaw's drilled cross ahead of Rooney but could only divert the ball into his own net.
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As England pressed to extend their advantage, Stones came close to a third when his header from Milner's corner just lacked the power to beat Simoncini for his first international goal.
On the stroke of half-time Simoncini pulled off a wonderful reaction save to deny Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when the Arsenal midfielder smashed an effort towards the near post, as England had to settle for two at the whistle.