Rooney Breaks England Goalscoring Record

September 9, 2015, 4:40am
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Rooney Breaks England Goalscoring Record

Wayne Rooney passes the landmark set by Sir Bobby Charlton - with Romeo Beckham helping out as his lucky mascot at Wembley.

Wayne Rooney has become England's all-time leading goalscorer, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's record with his 50th strike.

The 29-year-old netted the historic goal with a penalty in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.

The captain had equalled Charlton's record of 49 against San Marino last Saturday and it looked like he might have to wait to reach the landmark until Raheem Sterling was fouled in the box after 84 minutes.

The Manchester United striker punched the air and was surrounded by his teammates after smashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Afterwards Rooney made a speech in the dressing room and England boss Roy Hodgson presented him with a number 50 England shirt, signed by the players and staff.

Rooney said: "It's something I'll keep and will take pride of place in my house.

"Everyone was great, congratulating me. Not just the players, staff I've worked with since I've been in the squad for 12 years."

Rooney said he hoped his son Kai, five, who has school on Wednesday, and two-year-old son Klay did not see his history-making moment.

"It was a special moment for me, my family and for my children," he added.

"[But] I'm hoping they're in bed."

He was congratulated on Twitter by stars including two of the players who have come closest to the record in recent years.

Gary Lineker, who famously missed a penalty against Brazil which would have seen him equal Charlton's total in 1992, wrote: "Congratulations to Wayne Rooney on succeeding where all others failed by becoming England's highest goalscorer. A magnificent achievement from a tremendous footballer."  

Michael Owen said: "Congratulations Wazza, a record many have had a crack at breaking including me! Huge achievement"  

Rooney had led out England at Wembley with David Beckham's son Romeo, who was the team's mascot as part of a late 13th birthday present from his parents.

David Beckham, the former England and Manchester United midfielder, told ITV: "Romeo is obviously very lucky as part of his 13th birthday - because of a few connections still at the FA - is one of the mascots, so he is excited."

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