Following an uninspiring and goalless first half, captain Rooney drilled home a 68th-minute spot-kick after Raheem Sterling had been fouled by Omar Elabdellaoui.
The win was England’s first victory in five games and came after their dismal group-stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil.
The game prompted an inevitable flurry of updates on Twitter – and here are our favourite posts.
Former Bolton Wanderers man Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) is bored: “A nothing game at wembley, we are obviously saving ourselves for Monday”
QPR’s Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) gives his damning post-match thoughts: “Sterling England’s best player tonight by a wide margin. Cannot see this team going to Switzerland Monday night and returning with anything. That band at Wembley need sacking as well… #crap”
Ex-Liverpool man Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) wanted to see Sterling hauled off earlier: “With all the subs we have seen I’m surprised Sterling hasn’t been protected with a tough qualifier up next. He is looking so sharp.”
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is one of the few optimists around: “In 2 years time or maybe 4, England will be very competitive again. Wait and see. Disagree all you like. Talk to me again in 4 years!”
Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) didn’t miss much: “Glad I didn’t bother watching the England game! #BoringHell”
England legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) tweets his reaction as Rooney leapfrogs him: “Congratulations to @WayneRooney on scoring his 41st goal for England today and demoting me to 5th on the all time list!”
And Liverpool legend Ian Rush (@Ian_Rush9) is pleased by what he saw of the Reds duo at Wembley: “Thought @sterling31 and @D_Sturridge combined really well tonight!”
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