Euro 2016 qualifier: Wayne 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.

AFP| Updated: Sep 09, 2015, 03:42 AM IST
Euro 2016 qualifier: Wayne Rooney breaks England scoring record

London: 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.