England captain Wayne Rooney has become England’s topscorer of all time after scoring his 50th international goal for England. The goal was scored from the spot-kick in injury time of the match versus Switzerland and it is definitely a history-making moment as the record was broken after long 45 years and the record was held by none other than Sir Bobby Charlton, whose international career has spanned from 1958 till 1970.
Reactions to Rooney’s Goal No. 50
Rooney himself has said that getting to finally break this record is a dream come true and a true honour. Sir Bobby Charlton, who held this record since the World Cup in 1970, has congratulated Wayne Rooney on Manchester United official website, saying that even though he is a bit disappointed to no longer hold the record, he is happy that it is Wayne Rooney who has broken it given that Rooney is also the captain of his former club, Manchester United. Other football legends commented as well. Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers forward said that Rooney thoroughly deserved to score this record-breaking goal.
After scoring the goal, the Manchester United and England captain was applauded by his teammates and the England manager Roy Hodgson presented him with a No50 shirt. He will also receive a golden boot from Sir Bobby Charlton next month at Wembley in the next Euro 2016 qualifier game versus Estonia, which is their final home match. Roy Hodgson has said that he believes Rooney will continue to add goals to his tally and in case Wayne Rooney plays at least until 2018 he could score 10 to 15 more goals. The 29-year-old England forward said that even though this is a great achievement, he would swap all the goals scored to have won a major international tournament for England.
Rooney’s International Career
Wayne Rooney played his first senior international cap in 2003 at age 17, becoming the youngest player ever to play for England but it wasn’t until his 6th cap and the match versus Macedonia that he scored his first goal for England, also becoming the England’s youngest goalscorer. As of the match versus Switzerland played in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Rooney has played 107 international games, which puts him at joint-fifth most-capped player position, along with Ashley Cole. His 49th and 50th goals for England came versus San Marino and Switzerland and the Football Association had announced that they will honour Rooney in October for breaking the record.