8 Sep 2010

England beat Switzerland in Euro qualifier

10:28 am on 8 September 2010

Scandal-hit Wayne Rooney scored as England seized control of their Euro 2012 football qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-1 victory over 10-man Switzerland in Basel.

Rooney, whose preparation for the match had been engulfed by lurid tabloid allegations about his private life, found the net after 10 minutes to help put Fabio Capello's men on top of Group G with two wins out of two.

The result was marred by serious injuries to Theo Walcott and Jermain Defoe, both carried off on a stretcher, but it leaves England on six points from two games, and gives Rooney accused of cheating on his wife with a prostitute, with some kind of personal satisfaction at the end of a hugely trying week.

Scotland scored 5 minutes into time-added-on to beat Liechtenstein 2-1 at Hampden Park.

Two late goals helped France bounce back from a woeful start to their qualifying campaign with a 2-nil win in Bosnia.

Germany beat Azerbaijan 6-1.

After a first up draw with Cyprus, Portugal have now been beaten 1-nil by Norway.