5 December 1956:
England 5 Denmark 2
(Taylor 3, Edwards 2)

16 November 1949:
England 9 Ireland 2
(Rowley 4, Froggatt, Pearson 2, Mortensen 2)

15/10/2012 16:51, Report by Adam Marshall

Reds duo make history

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both hit doubles in England's 5-0 victory against San Marino last week.

Although the fact that the strikers made hay against the international minnows did not create too much of a stir, we believe it's only the third time since World War II that two United players have scored more than once for England in the same senior fixture.

The other four players to achieve the feat are certainly huge names in the history of the club and ensure that the Reds' current duo are in exalted company.

In December 1956, Tommy Taylor (3) and Duncan Edwards (2) shared the goals in a 5-2 victory against Denmark at Wolves' Molineux. The match was a qualifier for the 1958 World Cup but, tragically, both players were to lose their lives in Munich before the finals took place in Sweden.

Seven years earlier, Jack Rowley (4) and Stan Pearson (2) helped England hammer Ireland 9-2 at Maine Road. John Aston Snr was a third United representative in the international, which was played in front of 57,000 fans.

Let's hope Wayne and Danny can both shine again when Roy Hodgson's team tackle Poland on Tuesday evening.

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