Wayne Rooney admitted he was overcome with emotion as he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old England scoring record with his 50th international goal in the three lions 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. The England captain slammed a penalty into the top-left corner in the 84th minute at Wembley Stadium to put Roy Hodgson’s side two goals up after Harry Kane had opened the scoring in the EURO 2016 qualifier.
Rooney’s goal took the 29-year-old Manchester United striker past Charlton’s mark, which had stood since May 1970, and made him the first England player to score a half-century of goals. It came on his 107th appearance for his country, which is one more than Charlton achieved during a storied international career.
“I was bit emotional, it’s a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of,” Rooney said. “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been close for the last few games and it’s a dream come true.”
Despite being so desperate to break the record, Rooney said he was able to keep his nerves in check as he dispatched his ice-cool penalty.
“I knew it was a big moment and just picked my corner and put my foot through it,” he added. “To be the record scorer before the age of 30 is nothing I could have imagined.”
Roy Hodgson’s side had already wrapped up qualification for Euro 2016 with a 6-0 win over San Marino last weekend, but the Swiss were a far tougher proposition and the Three Lions failed to break through.
Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph was taken off after less than 30 seconds having pulled a hamstring and his replacement Ross Barkley could not spark his side into life despite Rooney coming close on a number of occasions.
It was left to substitute Harry Kane to break the deadlock as the Spurs striker pounced on Luke Shaw’s low cross to net in the 67th minute.
Then, when Raheem Sterling was fouled late on, Rooney stepped up to bag his 50th international goal from a penalty.
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