Rooney breaks England scoring record



Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old England scoring record on Tuesday when he netted his 50th international goal in a 2016 European Championship qualifier at home to Switzerland.

The England captain slammed a penalty into the top-left corner in the 84th minute at Wembley Stadium to put Roy Hodgson’s side 2-0 up after Harry Kane had opened the scoring.

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 that took in England’s triumph on home soil at the 1966 World Cup.

Rooney pointed to the sky in celebration and appeared to wipe away tears after being granted a standing ovation by the majority of the 75,751 fans in attendance.

He had equalled Charlton’s record, and moved a goal ahead of Gary Lineker, by opening the scoring from the penalty spot in England’s 6-0 win in San Marino on Saturday, which secured their place at Euro 2016.

The former Everton striker is also closing in on Charlton’s United scoring record and requires 17 goals to surpass the former midfielder’s tally of 249.

But he is currently struggling for goals at club level. Despite a hat-trick in a recent Champions League play-off win away to Belgian side Club Brugge, Rooney has not scored a league goal since April.

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