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Record-breaker Wayne Rooney proud to beat Bobby Charlton as England's top goal scorer

By Paul Hirst

An emotional Wayne Rooney was delighted to become England's all-time leading goalscorer following his penalty in the 2-0 European Championship qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.

The Manchester United striker, 29, surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing record of 49 goals with his country's second in the 84th minute.

Rooney said: "It's a dream come true and a huge honour.

"Hopefully now it's done I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and with success in the future.

"It was a big moment for me. I picked my corner and put my boot through it and got as much power as possible and the keeper got a touch but luckily it had enough power."

"It's right up there, if not the best. To be a country's leading scorer before the age of 30, I'm extremely proud.

"I went through a spell around 2008 when I didn't score for England but since Roy (Hodgson) has come in I've scored quite a few and I'm grateful to him."

England manager Hodgson added: "I wasn't at all satisfied with the first half, but Wayne is the story of the night.

I'm still happy about that despite not playing anywhere near our best we were still able to win the game against a good team.

"We are so delighted for Wayne. We made a small presentation in the dressing room to Wayne, a football shirt with 50 on the back.

"He gave a very good speech in accepting that. I don't think Sir Bobby Charlton will be too disappointed."

When asked if he felt the record would ever be beaten, Hodgson added: "The strange thing about records is that you never think they will be broken, then they are.

"It doesn't concern me and I'm sure it won't concern Wayne.

"It's a proud moment for him and his family. We will enjoy it with him."

Charlton, who held the record for 45 years, had a message for Rooney released on United's official website.

It read: "I would like to congratulate Wayne Rooney on becoming England's leading goalscorer.

"I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.

"I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don't hold this record, however, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record.

"On behalf of myself and everyone at Manchester United I would like to say 'Congratulations Wayne this is a very proud moment for you and your family.

"It is a record that I am sure you will hold for a long time, and it is clear to see that you will go on scoring for your club and country for a very long time to come.'"



ENGLAND: Hart, Clyne (Stones 68), Cahill, Smalling, Shaw, Milner, Shelvey (Kane 57), Delph (Barkley 3), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Sterling.

Subs Not Used: Butland, Gibbs, Walcott, Jagielka, Vardy, Mason, Heaton.

Booked: Milner,Smalling.

Goals: Kane 67,Rooney 84 pen.

Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Klose, Schar, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Inler, Behrami (Dzemaili 79), Shaqiri, Drmic (Embolo 63), Stocker (Seferovic 72).

Subs Not Used: Hitz, Moubandje, von Bergen, Widmer, Fernandes, Kasami, Mehmedi, Lustenberger, Burki.

Attendance: 75,751

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).

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