Wayne Rooney became England’s all-time top goalscorer last night, converting a penalty against Switzerland to register for the 50th time in internationals, moving past Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old benchmark.
His teammates applauded their captain as he entered the changing room after the match – which England won 2-0 – and manager Roy Hodgson presented the Manchester United star with a commemorative England shirt, with the number 50 on the back.
The 29-year-old described breaking the record as ‘a huge moment for myself, my family and my career’, whilst thanking the players, management and staff for their support.
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The accolades came flooding in for Rooney, who also stated his desire to play on, and keep extending his record, with the ultimate goal to gain a Championship winning medal, the absence of which remains the only black mark on his CV.
Here’s some of the social media reaction from teammates, former colleagues and pundits:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 8, 2015
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 8, 2015
That record is a great one to have. Congratulations @WayneRooney
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 8, 2015
Sitting on top of that tree now Wazza.. The big 50 !! Never in doubt… Well done mate. It’s the stuff of dreams. @WayneRooney
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) September 8, 2015
Image courtesy of Duncan Hull, via Flickr, with thanks.