Despite already having their place at next year’s tournament in France secured, the home side were pressing from the start as Theo Walcott attempted the volley the ball passed Mihkel Aksalu inside the opening five minutes.
The Estonia keeper was kept busy throughout the opening 30 minutes as Ross Barkley tried to make the most of a ball in from Adam Lallana, but the keeper was there to deny him.
Gary Cahill – captaining the side in Rooney’s absence – then headed Lallana’s cross wide before Ats Purje had Estonia’s first sight of goal as his shot was blocked by the skipper.
Estonia grew in confidence prior to the interval, keeping possession and building momentum, but Walcott gave England a deserved lead with the final touch of the first period.
The Arsenal man stayed onside and collected Barkley’s precise pass before slotting the opener past Aksalu.
Barkley was cruelly denied a deserved goal when, having danced through a couple of challenges, he fired towards goal only to see Aksalu deny him. He managed another assist late on, though, supplying Sterling to make it 2-0.