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Pair for Rooney helps England to victory over Scotland

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game during the International friendly at Celtic Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A pair of goals from captain Wayne Rooney helped England to a 3-1 win over their oldest rivals Scotland at Celtic Park.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed England in front in the 32nd minute and Rooney added a second two minutes into the second half.

Andy Robertson threatened to set up a frantic finish with an 82nd minute strike for Scotland, but Rooney settled it almost immediately after.

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Gerrard: I knew Rooney would be 'world class'

Speaking exclusively to ITV's Matt Smith ahead of Wayne Rooney's 100th England appearance, former skipper Steven Gerrard explains how he knew the forward would be "world class" the day they met.

Rooney had been called into the England squad aged 17 for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in April 2003.

The teenager blew his senior international team-mates away with his performance in training, which included a perfectly executed chip over David Seaman.

More than 11 years later, Rooney is now captaining his country and will become England's ninth centurion when he leads the team out against Slovenia in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier.

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Cahill hails Rooney ahead of captain's 100th cap

England defender Gary Cahill has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney ahead of the captain's 100th cap.

"He (Rooney) has come into the role (of captain) fantastically well," Cahill told ITV News, "He's taken the armband and he's been great for us."

"He needs no introduction. He is coming up to his 100th cap which is an amazing achievement for somebody still as relatively young as what he is. He's got many, many years in front of him."

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Hodgson apologised to Rooney over Liverpool accent gaffe

Hodgson has defended his comments about Rooney's accent. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Wayne Rooney for a comment he made about the striker's Liverpudlian accent.

When asked about Rooney's capabilities as Three Lions captain earlier this week, Hodgson said:

"Everyone knows Wayne is not the sort of person with his Liverpool accent who is going to be able to stand up in front of a lecture room of people.

"But he doesn't need to. All he has to do is make certain the players he is talking to understand where he is coming from."

But addressing the media ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, Hodgson admitted he felt compelled to say sorry.

"I apologised about the headline," he explained. "He knows it wasn't aimed at him or anyone from Liverpool. My wife's from Liverpool."

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