London – Yesterday at breakfast the newly-minted England captain urged caution and patience from the supporters for Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino at Wembley Stadium. Junior Seau Jersey . “If it takes 30-35 minutes for the first goal then so be it,” proclaimed Rooney over his morning tea and crumpet. Wayne’s tea leaves we now know were not far wrong. Phil Jagielka opening the Wembley proceedings last night with a headed goal at the 24th minute mark. Much of the focus going into the San Marino encounter was the captain’s England legacy - more specifically Rooney’s place amongst the all-time scoring leaders for the national team. Rooney sits amongst quite exalted English company. Going into the match against the nation FIFA ranks as the absolute worst as they sit rooted to the bottom in 218th place. The 28-year-old Liverpudlian was fourth on the overall goal scoring charts, just a hat trick away from joining Jimmy Greaves, the Chelsea and Spurs legend, on the podium. Having managed a brace against San Marino when the two teams met in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley just under two years ago and with Rooney having now taken over penalty duty following the twin retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard it was amongst the realm of possibility at Wembley last night that Rooney would bang in three. We all now know of course Rooney only managed a penalty on the stroke of halftime last night. Welbeck, Townsend and an own-goal in the second frame resulting in the 5-0 score come the final whistle. Now on 42 goals Rooney sits just seven goals away from Sir Bobby Charlton at the top. One of the all-time Manchester United legends notched up 49 goals over his 12-year England career before retiring from international duty after England’s de rigour World Cup Finals quarter-final exit at Mexico 1970. Three more points deposited in the Euro 2016 qualification bank was expected last night, as was the rain. What wasn’t expected was the low turnout. The 55,990 crowd represented the lowest crowd since 2007’s New Wembley re-opening. With the FA tasked to ensure every single penny of the near ￡800 Million (CAD $1.43B) reconstruction costs are paid back and fully aware that disjointed Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014 campaigns have led to a trend for a supporters preference to watch England’s home matches from the comfort of the sofa, or camaraderie of the pub the English governing body is now looking to outside sources to increase the coffers. Hello, London NFL Franchise. Yes folks, you read that right. The NFL’s UK head said this week that if his league expands abroad, as many predict and expect, then NFL UK will aggressively pursue the rights to a franchise. Underwriting these comments is the FA’s now-stated priority to land a London franchise which they could call Wembley Stadium their home. Only late last month, of course, the Raiders hit the Dolphins out of the fabled Wembley Stadium park when registering the 38-14 W in front of the close to 90,000 sell out. Boisterous, knowledgeable and becoming more and more NFL sophisticated the capital city left Dan Marino suitably impressed. Later this month the NFL International Series will see the Falcons take on the Lions, with the three-game series concluding Remembrance Day weekend with a Cowboys and Jaguars matchup. All games taking place at the so-called Home of International Football [Round Ball Division]. Adding further intrigue comes in the not too inconsiderable shape and form of Jacksonville’s maverick owner Shahid Khan who also conveniently owns Fulham. In summer 2012 the Jaguars signed a deal whereby Wembley would be their ‘home’ for one match per season between 2013 and 2016. What this would mean for the England team - and 2017 is the target here - is that they would move out of a stadium they have called home since 1923 and tour the country. Just like what occurred when Wembley was closed for reconstruction between 2002 and 2007. Rooney scored his opening goal for country at West Ham’s Upton Park in a friendly against Australia in early 2003. Much must happen before NFL London turns to reality. However, it was with much coincidence that earlier in the week (and after a six-year absence) official Barclay’s Premier League talk returned regarding the so-called, ‘39th Game.’ The plan now re-branded as the ‘38th Game’ calls for all 20 BPL clubs to play one competitive fixture each season in far flung places from Mumbai to Melbourne and all global hot spots in between. Hello, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The National Football League in London, England in Everton and Sunderland in Singapore – the goal posts have most certainly moved. This morning at a breakfast time briefing Rooney told the assembled media Thursday night’s result and performance had elevated the squad’s confidence ahead of Sunday evening’s tilt against Estonia at Le Coq Arena. I guess we’ll have to wait for Sunday morning’s tea leaves before the England captain provides his latest match-day prediction. What the future holds for Rooney post-England and Manchester United is unwritten. So if you bump into him on your nearest football field practising field goals and refining his punting technique perhaps it’s a future in the NFL and not with MLS which awaits. Noel Butler can be reached at: Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter TSN, TSN Radio, TSN.ca, TSN Mobile and TSN GO are your exclusive Canadian homes for the Euro 2016 Championships. Sam Cunningham Jersey . -- The Minnesota Twins have granted relief pitcher Matt Guerrier his unconditional release, making the 35-year-old right-hander a free agent. Cheap Patriots Jerseys . Instead, Nonis and Kessel were sorting through the fallout of a wild melee with the Buffalo Sabres, one that saw Kessel suspended for the duration of the pre-season.Eugenie Bouchard will try to return to the Australian Open quarter-finals tonight against Romanias Irina-Camelia Begu. Bouchard, seeded seventh, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and is looking to better her semifinal result from last year. You can watch the match live on TSN1, TSN5 and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. Bouchard defeated 36th seed Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-0 on Friday to reach this point. Also on Friday, the 42nd-seeded Begu defeated Germanys Carina Witthoeft 6-4, 6-4 to advance to third round. Her best result at a major came at last years Australian Open, when she reached the quarter-finals. Bouchard reached the semifinal round both in Melbourne and at the French Open last season and was a runner up at Wimbledon. She was eliminated in the fourth round at the US Open, the years final major. In other fourth round action tonight, second seed Maria Sharapova faces 21st-seed Shuai Peng of China. The winner of that match will face the victor of Bouchard-Begus match. Sharapova eased into the fourth round with a straight sets victory over Zarina Diyas, while Peng deffeated Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. New England Patriots Gear. Peng has never advanced past the fourth round at a major. Immediately following that match, 2013 Australian Open runner-up Rafael Nadal will play Kevin Anderson of South Africa. TSNs full line-up of matches tonight from the Australian Open: TSN 1 – 7pm et/4pm Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) Followed by ESPN Court-to-Court coverage TSN3 – 7pm et/4pm pt: Margaret Court Arena 1. Kiki Bertens (NED) / Johanna Larsson (SWE) Vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2. Julia Goerges (GER) Vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)  3. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  Vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) TSN5 – 7 PM ET Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) Followed by coverage from Rod Laver Arena Rod Laver Arena Order of Play 1 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)  Vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 2 Shuai Peng (CHN)  Vs Maria Sharapova (RUS)  3 Kevin Anderson (RSA)  Vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)  4 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) Vs Simona Halep (ROU)  5 Andy Murray (GBR)  Vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  ' ' '
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