England cruised to three vital World Cup qualifying points against Scotland this evening at Wembley with Gary Cahill getting onto the scoresheet.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and the Chelsea centre-back saw off plucky Scotland, who had chances but failed to convert any of them.
John Stones caught in possession , Scotland tuck but snuffed out.
Clumsy challenge on Sterling by Lee Wallace in Scotland re, no t foul/pen given.
But the Three lions broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when a low drive by Kyle Walker on the right by met full on the head by Daniel Sturridge, from six yards out, and the ball zipped past the prone Craig Gordon.
A free header by Grant Hanley from a Robert Snodgrass header could have put Scotland level on 27 minutes but the ball was headed over Joe Hart's crossbar.
England were cut apart on 48 minutes leaving James Forrest with a great chance, but on the edge of the England area he cut the ball wide.
Two minutes later and only a desperate last-gasp interception by Stones denied Snodgrass from levelling the scores.
Incredibly England, with their first attack, on 51 minutes doubled their tally with Adam Lallana scoring wth a smart diving header from a left-flank cross by Danny Rose.
Goal number three came on 60. Instead when a regulation corner by Rooney was brilliantly intercepted at the near post by Chelsea vice-skipper Gary Cahill who glanced the bell beyond Gordon.
With the game beyond Scotland, England started to play with freedom and should have had number four with 20 minutes still on the clock. Some excellent interchange saw the ball arrowed across the right byline. In-running Raheem Sterling had the easiest of task to tap the ball home. But instead, free, and unhindered the Manchester City winger somehow managed to clip the ball over the empty goal from three yards out.
In the history of open goals missed, that must rank right up with the best or should that be the worst.
The Three Lions had several other chances to ad to their goal difference, but top of the group with 10 points is more than satisfying for interim boss Gareth Southgate who will almost certainly be handed the job full-time after next week's friendly, again at Wembley against Spain.