Wayne Rooney says breaking England goals record is 'dream come true'

Wayne Rooney says it is incredible to become England's leading goalscorer and insists he will never forget such a special night

Wayne Rooney has admitted to being unusually nervous as he stepped up to score the penalty that broke England's goals record.

The England skipper blasted the 84th-minute penalty against Switzerland to score the hosts' second goal in a 2-0 European Qualifiers victory at Wembley on Tuesday night.

It took him to 50 goals for his country, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old record as the all-time highest goals scorer for England - and it also sealed the Three Lions' qualification as winners of Group E.

"It's a great feeling, obviously," Rooney told ITV Sport afterwards. "I've known I've been close to it in the last few England games and to finally do it is a dream come true.

Wayne Rooney's penalty against Switzerland was his 50th goal for England and saw him overtake Sir Bobby Charlton to become the country's record goal scorer

"As you've probably seen, I was a bit emotional out there. It's a huge honour and something I'm extremely proud of.

"I'm happy it's done and hopefully we can kick on from here and hopefully we can now again concentrate on the team and on success in the future."

England's record goalscorer admitted to being a bit more nervous than usual when he stepped up to take the penalty that would take him to the magical 50-goals tally.

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"Yes, of course," he said, "I knew myself it was a big moment for me.

I just picked my corner and put my boot through it to get as much power on it as possible.
Wayne Rooney

"I just picked my corner and put my boot through it to get as much power on it as possible and make it hard for the goalkeeper. The keeper got a touch but thankfully it had too much power."

The normally-modest 29-year-old Manchester United forward was happy to soak up the realisation of his momentous achievement.

He said: "To be the country's all-time leading goalscorer before the age of 30 is something I could never have dreamt of. I'm extremely proud tonight."

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