Wayne Rooney is now just one goal shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record with England.
His winner in England’s 3-2 victory over Slovenia yesterday was his 48th competitive goal.
That goal puts Rooney level with Gary Lineker and within touching distance of Sir Bobby’s record which has stood untouched for decades.
The 29-year-old captained England on the night and it was fitting that his goal proved to be decisive.
“It’s great to score the winner and it was a great team performance.” Wayne Rooney
Speaking after the game, England boss Roy Hodgson spoke highly of Rooney and insisted he had become the reliable player which all captains need to be.
“Just before he took that chance he had taken a nasty blow from an elbow, which could have decked many a player and led to him losing his discipline. But it didn’t and he simply got up and played on.
“The fact one or two chances had gone begging earlier also didn’t worry him because, when the ball fell to him four minutes from the end, he still stuck it away with aplomb.
“We can rely on that man. I’d have liked him to get a hat-trick today so all the talk of the record would have been finished, but he has plenty of time on his side to achieve that still.”
Rooney’s winning goal now means England are on the cusp of qualifying for Euro 2016 after maintaining their 100% winning streak in their group.