Sir Bobby Charlton has congratulated Wayne Rooney on become England’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Rooney notched up his 50th international goal with a late penalty in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday night and surpassed Charlton’s previous record of 49 goals for the Three Lions.
The record had stood since 1970, and while humble in his congratulations to Rooney, Charlton said he couldn’t help but feel a tad “disappointed” with losing the prestigious achievement.
“I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer,” Charlton said in a statement, as reported by Daily Express.
“I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.
“I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don’t hold this record.
“However, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record.
“On behalf of myself and everyone at Manchester United I would like to say congratulations Wayne, this is a very proud moment for you and your family.
“It is a record that I am sure you will hold for a long time.
“It is clear to see that you will go on scoring for your club and country for a long time to come.”
At the age of 29, Rooney could still have a few years left in an England shirt and will be a key figure for the Three Lions at EURO 2016 in France.
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