Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Wayne Rooney Breaks Record As England Thrashes Switzerland 2 0
England’s celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group E qualifying soccer match between England and Switzerland at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 . Rooney scored his 50th international goal to top England’s all time goal scorers at this level. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

team captain Wayne Rooney made history in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday by breaking Bobby Charlton’s all-time England goal scoring record.

Rooney had equalled Charlton’s tally of 49 with a penalty in the victory against San Marino on Saturday that ensured a place in France next summer, reported media on Tuesday. And he was on the spot again during Tuesday’s match against the Swiss for goal number 50 to erase a record that has stood for 45 years.

England substitute Harry Kane pierced the deadlock with a crisp finish after 67 minutes and Rooney rewrote the record books with a thunderous penalty six minutes from time, earning a standing ovation from the Wembley gallery.

Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Wayne Rooney Breaks Record As England Thrashes Switzerland 2 0
England’s Wayne Rooney, No 10, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring form the penalty spot to score his sides second goal during the Euro 2016 Group E qualifying soccer match between England and Switzerland at Wembley stadium in London, England, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 . Rooney is now the leading England goalscorer with 50 international goals. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

As he celebrated the crowd of 75,751 crowd inside Wembley – joined by team manager Roy Hodgson and his backroom team – rose to acclaim the 29-year-old as he was engulfed by team-mates.

Even the travelling Swiss fans generously recognised the significance of the moment. History had been made.

It ensured his side completed eight wins out of eight, securing top spot in Group E.

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