Wayne Rooney record

Wayne Rooney has spoken of his eagerness to score even more goals of little consequence for England after breaking Bobby Charlton’s long-held record of forty nine goals.

The Manchester United striker continued his streak of hitting the back of the net at unimportant times by scoring the penalty that took him to fifty goals in international colours, and sent England 2-o up at home to Switzerland, with substitute Harry Kane supplying the all-important first goal.

Speaking after the match Rooney, who has only managed one goal in three World Cup finals appearances, told reporters: ‘I’m delighted to finally break Sir Bobby’s record, which has stood for over forty years. To do it with an inconsequential penalty makes it that little bit more special.

‘I’ve proven that time and again that if you’re looking for someone to find the back of the net in a friendly, or to come up with a brace against teams like San Marino or Andorra, then I’m your man’.

The 30-year-old continued: ‘I’m also quite proud that, in managed just the one World Cup goal and doing nothing at the European Championships since 2004, I’ve come to symbolise English football on the international stage. It takes a very special kind of person to achieve that, but I couldn’t have managed it without my teammates and managers all coming together to let an entire nation down time and again’.

Rooney added that he is now looking forward to a few more years of continuing to dominate UEFA’s minnows, while continuing to go missing when and if England qualify for the major tournaments.