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Rooney equals Charlton’s 45-yr-old goal scoring record

Wayne Rooney equalled Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old England scoring record on Saturday when he netted his 49th international goal in a 2016 European Championship qualifier away to San Marino.

The England captain converted a 13th-minute penalty to give England a 1-0 lead in Serravalle after the Cypriot referee spotted a foul in the box.

Rooney’s goal gave the 29-year-old Manchester United striker an identical international record to Charlton, a member of England’s fabled 1966 World Cup-winning team, with his 49th goal coming in his 106th appearance.

He now requires one goal to become the first England player to score a half-century of goals.

Rooney is also closing in on Charlton’s United scoring record and requires 17 goals to surpass the former midfielder’s tally of 249.

But he is currently struggling for goals at club level.

Despite a hat-trick in a recent Champions League play-off win away to Belgian side Club Brugge, Rooney has not scored a league goal since April.


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