Wayne Rooney looks to become part of an elite group against Ukraine.
England v Ukraine
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifier
8pm, Wednesday 1 April 2009
Live on ITV1
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If Wayne Rooney plays and scores in tonight's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley, he will have hit the target in five consecutive England appearances.
The Manchester United striker, who is also poised to reach 50 England caps tonight, scored one against Croatia, two against Kazakhstan and Belarus, and then two against Slovakia at the weekend.
The other post-war players who have managed "five in a row" are Tommy Lawton, Nat Lofthouse, Jimmy Greaves and Paul Mariner. Ipswich Town's Mariner did it in the 1981-82 season.
But Rooney would still have some way to go to emulate the great Steve Bloomer, who scored for England in TEN consecutive appearances back in the 1890s.
Here are the details:-
England 9 Ireland 0 at County Ground, Derby - scored two
England 3 Scotland 0 at Goodison Park - scored one
Ireland 0 England 2 in Belfast - scored one
Wales 1 England 9 in Cardiff - scored five
England 6 Ireland 0 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham - scored two
England 4 Wales 0 at Bramall Lane - scored one
England 1 Scotland 2 at Crystal Palace - scored one
Scotland 1 England 3 in Glasgow - scored two
England 13 Ireland 2 at Roker Park - scored two
England 4 Wales 0 at Ashton Gate - scored two
Bloomer set a world record that was subsequently equalled, but not broken until Stern John scored in 12 consecutive appearances for Trinidad & Tobago in the late 1990s.