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Wayne Rooney breaks Bobby Charltons reord to become Englands all time highest goal scorer

Wayne Rooney on Tuesday became England’s all-time record scorer after he scored his 50th goal with an 84th minute penalty in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at the Wembley Stadium.

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The England captain, who scored via a penalty awarded after Granit Xhaka had fouled Raheem Sterling, has surpassed the 49 goals scored by Bobby Charlton in May 1970.

Rooney was presented with a replica shirt with “Rooney 50” on the back in the dressing room.  England tops the group after beating Switzerland 2-0 and qualifying for EURO 2016.

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Asked how he felt when he squalled Charlton’s record, Rooney said:

“It’s a great feeling obviously.

“I’ve known I’ve been close to it for the last few England games and to finally do it is a dream come true and as you’ve probably seen I was a bit emotional out there.”

“It’s a huge honour and something I’m extremely proud of and happy it’s done and hopefully I can kick on from here and concentrate now again on the team and hopefully success in the future.”

Charlton will personally present Rooney with a golden boot to mark the record before England’s next home match against Estonia in October.

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