TheFA.com's round-up of the England men in action this weekend
TheFA.com's round-up of the England men in action this weekend...including Scholes' fine finish...and four of the best from Owen....
Manchester United went five points clear at the top of the Premiership on Sunday with Paul Scholes scoring the opening goal at Spurs, after a move started by David Beckham.
Scholes missed the midweek Champions League thriller against Real Madrid, while Beckham was controversially left on the bench. Both started at White Hart Lane however and were involved in the decisive attack midway through the second half. Becks put in a tremendous cross from the right, Scholes flicked on to Ryan Giggs and then raced into the area to meet the Welshman's cross with a header.
"How many times have we seen that? A fantastic cross from Beckham and Scholesy proving how good he is running from midfield," said Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren. Sir Alex Ferguson was proud of Scholes.
"Is there anyone better at ghosting into the penalty box? He was marvellous today."
United ran out 2-0 winners and are odds-on to win the championship after being given inadvertent help from another England international.
Martin Keown's headed own goal six minutes from time gave Bolton a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, who appear to be running out steam in the home straight. David Seaman returned after injury but Sol Campbell knows he won't play again this season because of suspension.
Merseyside's young strikers grabbed the headlines. Michael Owen, 23, notched his 100th Premiership goal on the way to scoring four in a 6-0 Liverpool demolition against West Brom.
"He will be even better next season. I think he will score his second hundred in even quicker time," said Gerard Houllier.
Rooney left it very late to earn Everton a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa but his 93rd minute strike was a left-foot beauty. Villa manager Graham Taylor spoke out against putting too much pressure on the teenager.
"We all have a responsibility towards looking after Wayne. I've heard him called a role model, that is nonsense he is a 17-year-old boy," said Taylor. David Moyes admitted he nearly took Rooney off before his late winner.
"He was showing signs of tiredness but a player like Wayne can always get you a goal," said the Everton boss.
James Beattie's 90th minute goal was just a consolation at Charlton in a 2-1 defeat but could prove significant nonetheless. It was his 23rd Premiership goal of the season which takes him one ahead of Thierry Henry in the race for the Golden Boot.
Best goal of the game was scored by Scott Parker, the Addick dribbling past three defenders before planting a shot past Paul Jones.
Alan Smith - ineligible for the last England squad due to a ban and who has been sent off since - scored a last-minute consolation at home to Blackburn. But West Ham's win and a point for Bolton means Leeds still aren't safe following a 3-2 home reverse against Rovers.
PREMIERSHIP RESULTS April 26/27
Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 0
Bolton 2 Arsenal 2
Charlton 2 Southampton 1
Chelsea 1 Fulham 1
Everton 2 Aston Villa 1
Leeds 2 Blackburn 3
Manchester City 0 West Ham 1
Tottenham 0 Manchester United 1
West Brom 0 Liverpool 6
Compiled by Joe Bernstein