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Published on September 9th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

Wayne Rooney Stakes Claim To Be A Modern Day Football Hero

By scoring a penalty in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in a Euro 2016 qualifier, Wayne Rooney surpassed a football record which has stood for 45 years!

The Manchester United player has become England’s all time leading scorer with 50 international goals, eclipsing the record previously held. The tally of 49 goals was set by Sir Bobby Charlton who is widely regarded as one of the nations all time football heroes having been a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team.

Bobby Charlton

So now Wayne Rooney will be considered by many in the same bracket as Sir Bobby Charlton and the likes of Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer who are also amongst the top ten England goal scorers of all time.

Aged just 17 years and 111 days, Rooney made his international debut for England against Australia way back in February 2003 when he was the youngest ever England player to represent his country; Wayne Rooney now has 107 caps to his name.

Five memorable goals from half a century of strikes

Looking back over 50 goals Rooney has scored in an England shirt here’s five that stand out during his international career:

5th June 2004: A memorable long range strike against Iceland in an international friendly illustrated Rooney’s ability to score from outside the penalty area.

21st June 2004: Aged just 18, Rooney scored a brace against Croatia at Euro 2004, the second of which followed a neat one two with Paul Scholes before he beat the goalkeeper.

17th October 2007: A stunning chest-volley strike against Russia during a Euro 2008 qualifier saw Rooney demonstrate tremendous technique and composure.

15th October 2008: Rooney sent the Belarus goalkeeper the wrong way with his eyes demonstrating his footballing intelligence.

19th June 2014: Rooney’s strike against Uruguay was one of few positives in England’s last World Cup campaign but demonstrated his ability to score on the biggest stage of all.

Now that England has secured a place at the European Championship Finals to be held in France next summer, fans will be hoping Rooney can score plenty more goals and attain true greatness by guiding his country to their first triumph since that famous World Cup win over Germany in 1966.

Perhaps then Rooney will join football heroes like Bobby Charlton, Georges Best and Dennis Law who have been inducted in the National Football Museum Hall Of Fame for their goal scoring exploits.

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