Video: 'Emotional' Wayne Rooney gives dressing room speech after breaking Charlton's record
Published 09/09/2015 | 08:21
Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night described becoming England’s outright record goalscorer as a “dream come true”.
Rooney scored an 84th-minute penalty to surpass Bobby Charlton with 50 international goals and write himself into the England history books.
The England captain made an emotional dressing-room speech after the 2-0 victory against Switzerland and was presented with a commemorative shirt by Roy Hodgson.
The Football Association also confirmed that Rooney would be presented with a golden boot by Charlton ahead of the game against Estonia at Wembley on October 9.
“It’s a great feeling,” Rooney said. “I’ve been close for the last few games and it’s a dream come true. I was bit emotional, it’s a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of.
“I knew it was a big moment and just picked my corner and put my foot through it. To be the record scorer before the age of 30 is nothing I could have imagined.”
Raheem Sterling won the penalty from which Rooney scored and the captain, 29, said: “I knew myself it was a big moment for me and I just picked my corner and put my boot through it to get as much power as possible and make it hard for the keeper. He got a touch, but, thankfully, it had too much power.
“I went through a spell around 2009 when I didn’t score for a year for England and since Roy’s come in [as manager] I’ve scored a lot of goals and I’m grateful to Roy for letting me play with the freedom that I enjoy.”
Having seen Rooney take his record, Charlton said: “I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer. I have always been very proud to hold this record. 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.”
Hodgson has predicted that Rooney will go on to play 30 more England games and could take his international goal tally past 60.
“I’d like to think we’re on 10 games a year these days, a bit more if we do quite well in a tournament,” the England manager said. “So if he plays to 2018 at least we’re talking 20 or 30 games, so 10 to 15 goals with his rate of scoring.
“I know Wayne well enough to know he’s really delighted tonight. It’s a proud moment for him and his family, but he’s not got in his head how many goals he can score for England. He wants to make England a better team, to make sure, like Sir Bobby Charlton, he ends up winning a tournament or getting very good results in a tournament.
“The players greeted Wayne with great delight while that shirt was given to him. I provoked him to give a speech, a very good speech but fairly short as it should be. The one thing I can tell you about it was how proud he was to have achieved that, how determined he is not to stop at 50. That was good.”
On Rooney’s speech, Luke Shaw said: “He thanked all the players and staff for everything they have done for him. He said with all the young players coming up like Harry [Kane], Ross [Barkley] and Raheem that maybe one day they will overtake him which is a nice thing for him to say.”