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England 2-0 Switzerland: Wayne Rooney breaks Bobby Charlton's all-time England scoring record

Published 08/09/2015

England's striker Wayne Rooney gestures during the Euro 2016 qualifying group E football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in west London on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
England's striker Wayne Rooney gestures during the Euro 2016 qualifying group E football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in west London on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
England's midfielder Raheem Sterling and England's midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain react as Switzerland's Timm Klose clears the ball from the box during the Euro 2016 qualifying group E football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in west London on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
England's Raheem Sterling (right) and Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner battle for the ball during the UEFA European Qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 8, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
Switzerland's Fabian Schar (left) and England's Wayne Rooney battle for the ball during the UEFA European Qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 8, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
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Switzerland's Granit Xhaka (L) vies against England's midfielder Ross Barkley during the Euro 2016 qualifying group E football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in west London on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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Switzerland's Valon Behrami (L), Switzerland's Fabian Schar (C) and Switzerland's captain Gokhan Inler (R) vie against England's striker Wayne Rooney during the Euro 2016 qualifying group E football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in west London on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Raheem Sterling of England holds off Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Wayne Rooney of England is closed down by Fabian Schar (L) and Gokhan Inler (R) of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Valon Behrami of Switzerland and James Milner of England tussle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney claimed England's scoring record with his 50th international goal in a 2-0 Wembley win over Switzerland which earned Roy Hodgson's side top spot in Euro 2016 qualifying Group E.

Rooney, who equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's haul of 49 against San Marino last Saturday, converted from the penalty spot six minutes from time after substitute Harry Kane had given England the lead.

The only real concern for Hodgson was the departure in the first minute of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, who was substituted with an apparent hamstring problem.

Switzerland continued to threaten, but Kane's introduction had the desired effect as the striker struck 23 minutes from time.

Rooney found Shaw, whose fine cut back found Kane and the Spurs ace drilled in his third goal of a fledgling international career.

England were ahead, but by no means clear of danger.

Smalling pulled back Shaqiri and was spared a greater punishment than a booking as Cahill was covering.

The impressive Shaw next outmuscled substitute Breel Embolo when Switzerland were pressing before Shaqiri shot wide across goal.

England were awarded a penalty when Sterling was felled by Lichtsteiner.

Referee Gianluca Rocchi had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and immediately home supporters chanted "Rooney, Rooney".

The England captain did not disappoint his expectant public, firing into the top corner, the power of the kick beating Sommer.

His celebration was one more of relief and Rooney will now look ahead to further goals for England, beginning with the October 9 clash at home to Estonia.

Wayne Rooney: Five of the best

Wayne Rooney has overtaken Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record with his 50th England goal against Switzerland.

We  look at five of his most memorable goals for England.

  • England 2 Denmark 3 (November 16, 2003)

Rooney, then an 18-year-old Evertonian, gave Manchester United fans a glimpse of his potential with a stunning goal in a friendly against the Danes at Old Trafford. The striker raced from the halfway line past two markers before firing in off the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards.

  • England 4 Croatia 2 (June 21, 2004)

England needed just a draw to qualify for the second round of the European Championship finals in Portugal, but they went behind to Niko Kovac's early strike. Paul Scholes equalised and Rooney then swung the game beyond Croatia with a 25-yard drive.

  • England 3 Argentina 2 (November 12, 2005)

Rooney was the best player on the pitch in what was one of the most fiercely-contested and enthralling friendlies in living memory. The then 20-year-old harassed the Argentina defence all night and got the goal he deserved in the 38th minute when he latched on to David Beckham's flick-on and slotted the ball into the corner to equalise Hernan Crespo's opener.

  • England 1 Ukraine 0 (June 19, 2012)

After sitting out the first two matches of Euro 2012 due to suspension, Rooney delivered on his return, bundling home at the back post to send England through to the second round.

  • Brazil 2 England 2 (June 2, 2013)

England were given the honour of being the first national team to visit the newly-rebuilt Maracana in Rio de Janeiro for a friendly - and Rooney scored a goal worthy of the occasion. With the score at 1-1, Rooney picked the ball up in the Brazil half and strolled towards goal before unleashing a 25-yard drive that flew right into the top corner.

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