Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has congratulated Wayne Rooney after he broke Charlton’s England goalscoring record.
Rooney scored a penalty against Switzerland on Tuesday night to take his tally up to 50 goals, one more than Charlton on the all time list.
It was a fantastic achievement for Rooney, who earned his 107th cap at Wembley.
Charlton admitted he was disappointed to lose the record but still heaped praise on Rooney.
“I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer. I have always been very proud to hold this record,” Charlton said.
“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, and it is clear to see that you will go on scoring for your club and country for a long time to come.”
Rooney’s record breaking goal has raised questions as to whether he is worthy of the honour; Charlton’s efforts won England a World Cup in 1966 while Rooney has never really produced at a major tournament aside from Euro 2004.
Nevertheless, the hope for United fans is that the confidence boost can kickstart Rooney’s season. He has been less than impressive in domestic competition this term and he will need to do a lot more in a United shirt if he is to score 20 goals in this campaign.