Wayne Rooney Ties Bobby Charlton's All-Time England Goalscoring Record

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2015

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring against Slovenia, during their Euro 2016 Group E qualifying soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
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England captain Wayne Rooney became the joint-top goalscorer in the national team's history on Saturday, equalling Bobby Charlton's record after netting the 49th goal of his international career against San Marino.

Sky Sports Football confirmed Rooney's record-equalling strike, marking the end of Charlton's 47-year run as England's top scorer, having taken the accolade from Jimmy Greaves in 1968.

Remarkably, Rooney's landmark effort was scored almost exactly 12 years after he netted his first international goal against Macedonia.

Manchester United captain Rooney is also moving higher in England's all-time appearance charts, earning his 106th cap on Saturday to move further within reach of Peter Shilton's haul of 125.

In the buildup to the Three Lions' Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania in March, club team-mate Michael Carrick predicted it was merely "a matter of time" until Rooney claimed the award, per the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter:

Henry Winter @henrywinter

Carrick on Rooney: "He's dangerous, a finisher. It's only a matter of time before he gets the #eng record'. WR 46, Lineker 48 B Charlton 49.

Manager Roy Hodgson's armband wearer has been forced to adapt his role within England's ranks on numerous occasions over the years, but he has always maintained his place as one of the team's deadliest finishers.

This historic achievement serves as recognition of Rooney's ongoing importance to the Three Lions as they look to seal their place at Euro 2016.


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