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Wayne Rooney delighted with late winner for England against Slovenia

Published 14/06/2015 | 19:51

Football - Slovenia v England - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E - Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 14/6/15
England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring their third goal
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Football - Slovenia v England - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E - Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 14/6/15 England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
England's Jack Wilshire (left) celebrates with team mate Adam Lallana (right) after scoring his sides second goal of the game during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Stozice Stadium, Slovenia. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
England Wayne Rooney during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Stozice Stadium, Slovenia. Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Slovenia's Nejc Pecnik (centre) scores his sides second goal of the game during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Stozice Stadium, Slovenia. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
England's Wayne Rooney (right) during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Stozice Stadium, Slovenia. Mike Egerton/PA Wire
England's Jack Wilshire applauds the fans during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Stozice Stadium, Slovenia. Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney was a happy man after a landmark goal got England a 3-2 win in Slovenia.

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The Three Lions maintained their perfect record in European Championship Qualifying Group E, thanks to Jack Wilshere's brace and Rooney's late winner.

It was his 48th for England and draws him level with Gary Lineker on the all-time charts.

"It's great to score the winner and it was a great team performance," he told ITV.

"We were unlucky to be 1-0 down and we spoke about that at half-time and came out on the front foot."

England have ended the season unbeaten and Rooney added: "We've made a lot of progress since the World Cup. We're proud of our achievements but we need to keep improving now."

Wilshere was the star of the show, though, with two-long rangers his first for his country.

"Obviously it's nice to get a first couple of goals for England," the Arsenal man said. "It's been a long time coming and I had chances in previous games.

"Usually in that area for Arsenal we play a bit more but the first one came, I hit it and it went in.

"I want to add more goals. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes; they all scored for England and I want that."

Manager Roy Hodgson said of Wilshere: "They were not just any old goals, they weren't exactly tap-ins and they summed up Jack's game when he took over the midfield.

"I thought we dominated the game totally for long periods and I much prefer the win to the draw."

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