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Twitter reacts as Wayne Rooney breaks England scoring record

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Rooney was filled with emotion as he claimed the England scoring record
Rooney was filled with emotion as he claimed the England scoring record

An emotional Wayne Rooney was delighted to become England's all-time leading goalscorer following his penalty in the 2-0 European Championship qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.

The Manchester United striker, 29, surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing record of 49 goals with his country's second in the 84th minute.

Rooney told ITV Sport: "It's a dream come true and a huge honour. Hopefully now it's done I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and with success in the future.

"It was a big moment for me. I picked my corner and put my boot through it and got as much power as possible and the keeper got a touch but luckily it had enough power."

"It's right up there, if not the best. To be a country's leading scorer before the age of 30, I'm extremely proud.

"I went through a spell around 2008 when I didn't score for England but since Roy (Hodgson) has come in I've scored quite a few and I'm grateful to him."

England manager Hodgson added: "It's an amazing achievement and we've just congratulated him in the dressing room.

"My thoughts go out to Bobby Charlton and I'm hoping he will be pleased his record has been broken and that it was Wayne, a fellow Manchester United player, that did it."

Rooney addressed the England players after the game, as he offered up this humble speech:

The tributes flowed on Twitter as well:

And one from the man of the moment: