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Evertonians past and present help England to win over San Marino

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Three Everton players and one former Toffee played a key role in England's comfortable 6-0 victory against San Marino, a win that guarantees their place at next summer's European Championships.

Wayne Rooney will steal at the headlines as his early penalty meant he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record of 49.

John Stones and Phil Jagielka resumed their defensive partnership in an England shirt and it was they who were tugged back in the box that led to Rooney's record-equalling spot-kick (no one is quite sure which foul prompted the ref to point to the spot).

Ross Barkley made it three Everton players in the starting XI and made it a night to remember when he stooped to head home his first goal for England early in the second half.

That made it 3-0 to Roy Hodgson's side, though it truth the result was never in any doubt against the part-timers, who have only ever won one game in their entire history.

Rooney was substituted early in the second half, handing over the captain's armband to Everton skipper Jagielka for the remainder of the game.

Barkley also turned creator, teeing up substitute Theo Walcott, whose two goals either side of a Harry Kane strike completed the victory in Serravalle.

Though the result was never in doubt, the match was a chance for fringe players to impress Hodgson ahead of next summer's Euros. The Everton contingent on show certainly did their chances of playing in France next year no harm at all with their displays.