Wayne Rooney breaks England goal record, scores No. 50 vs. Switzerland
Wayne Rooney has become England's all-time top scorer after netting his 50th international goal for the Three Lions from an 84th minute penalty in their 2-0 win in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday evening.
The England captain equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record with his 49th goal against San Marino on Saturday, and scored No. 50 against the Swiss from the spot six minutes from time to surpass the World Cup winner and Manchester United legend.
Rooney told ITV Sport after the game: "It's right up there, if not the best. To be the country's all-time leading goalscorer before the age of 30 is not something I could ever have dreamed of and I'm extremely proud tonight.
"I was a bit emotional out there and it's something to be extremely proud of. I'm happy it's done and hopefully I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and our success in the future.''
Rooney slammed his spot-kick past Swiss keeper Yann Sommer after Raheem Sterling was fouled in the box before being congratulated by his delighted teammates.
Rooney added: "I knew myself it was a big moment for me and I just picked my corner and put my boot through it to get as much power as possible and make it hard for the keeper. He got a touch but thankfully it had too much power.
"I went through a spell around 2008 when I didn't score for two years for England, and since Roy [Hodgson] has come in I've scored a lot of goals and I'm grateful to Roy for letting me play with the freedom that I enjoy."
Hodgson hailed Rooney's exploits as an "amazing achievement" and spared a thought for Charlton, whose record Rooney managed to eclipse.
Hodgson said: "My mind at this time also goes to Bobby Charlton because he was one of our greatest ever players and I'm hoping he'll be pleased that his record has been surpassed. You think records will never get broken but then they do get broken and nothing like that really concerns me.
"We enjoyed the moment with him and we will see what the future brings, but the most important thing we have to do is make sure we keep improving our performances because today we didn't play as well as we could have done and we were fortunate to come out 2-0 winners.
"The first half we weren't anything like we could be or the level of performances we've shown but at half-time the players pulled themselves together and in the second half they played better."
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Charlton told United's official website: "I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England's leading goalscorer. I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.
"I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don't hold this record. However, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record.
"On behalf of myself and everyone at Manchester United I would like to say 'Congratulations Wayne this is a very proud moment for you and your family. It is a record that I am sure you will hold for a long time, and it is clear to see that you will go on scoring for your club and country for a long time to come.'"
England won all seven of their previous Group D games to qualify for Euro 2016, and Tuesday's win guarantees top spot with two matches to spare ahead of next summer's tournament in France.
Rooney insisted earlier this week that he will never retire from international football, and is set to lead Roy Hodgson's side at his sixth major tournament next summer.
The Manchester United skipper regrets the way he prepared for the last European Championships, admitting he suffered from "jet-lag" after a pre-tournament trip to Las Vegas with his family in 2012.
The 29-year-old forward also said he would swap all his international goals to have won a major tournament with his country.
The Football Association had announced that they would honour Rooney in October if he broke Charlton's record against the Swiss.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.