Wayne Rooney scored his 50th England goal against Switzerland on Tuesday, making him England’s all-time scoring leader. The Manchester United striker scored on a penalty kick in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland.
The 29-year-old England and Manchester United captain has scored 50 goals in 107 international appearances, and surpassed Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time scoring leader. Both Charlton and Rooney scored 49 goals in 106 caps.
Charlton’s old record was set back in 1970, and his 106 caps were also a record until 1973 when Bobby Moore overtook him. Charlton played for the English national team between 1958-1970 and played in four World Cups, winning the 1966 World Cup in England.
Rooney scored his first England goal back in 2003 at the age of 17 in a 2-1 win away to Macedonia in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. His 50 goals has come against 26 different nations. Rooney spoke to ITV after the game against Switzerland about his accomplishment.
“It’s a great feeling obviously,” Rooney said.
“I’ve not always been close to it obviously the last few England games and to finally do it it’s a dream come true and as you probably seen i was a bit emotional out there.
“A huge honour I’m extremely proud of and happy it’s done and hopefully kick on from here and concentrate now with getting on the team and hopefully success in the future.”
Rooney recently said that he will never turn down an England call-up as long as his body allows it. With the English national team set for Euro 2016 in France, Rooney will have the opportunity to score more goals for The Three Lions in the future.