Manchester United International Watch: Chris Smalling scores for England as Wayne Rooney captains

Chris Smalling scored the winner in England's final friendly before the Euros, while Wayne Rooney once again led out his country.

Manchester United International Watch: Chris Smalling scores for England as Wayne Rooney captains
Smalling scored the winner for England on his 25th cap (Picture source: Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling scored the winner for England as they made it three wins from three friendlies heading into the Euros as they defeated Portugal 1-0 at Wembley on Thursday evening. 

Smalling ensured that England head into the Euros, which start in just over a weeks time in France, in confident form as they look to improve on what they have done in the past few tournaments where the team have underperformed massively.

Smalling scores first international goal

Smalling scored the winner against Portugal in what was his first goal for his national team on his 25th cap.

England needed someone to break down a very stubborn Portuguese defence which held strong even though they went down to 10 men in the 35th minute when Bruno Alves was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Harry Kane.  

Smalling, who was in the box trying to score from a Kyle Walker free-kick, stayed up when it was cleared and Raheem Sterling played it into the box for the defender to score in the 86th minute.

Smalling also did really well defensively as Portugal struggled to create many chances to score during the game.

Rooney captained his national team again

Wayne Rooney once again led out his national side at Wembley but didn't have as much impact on the game as he would have liked too.

On a couple of occasions, though, Rooney came close to scoring or creating a goal but overall he couldn't get much happening as he was substituted on 78 minutes. 

Rooney in action for england against Portugal at Wembley | Photo: Getty
Rooney in action for England against Portugal at Wembley | Photo: Getty

Rashford stays on the bench

Marcus Rashford ,who burst on the scene for England against Australia when he scored on his debut, didn't make an appearance against Portugal. 

The young striker, though, has done enough as he made it into Roy Hodgson's 23 man squad for the Euros which he deserves a lot of credit for.