The Manchester United striker began the international break one goal short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s haul of 49, but two spotkicks – the first against San Marino, the second under the Wembley floodlights – propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
Charlton’s record had stood for 45 years.
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"I was a bit emotional out there and it's something to be extremely proud of. I'm happy it's done and hopefully I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and our success in the future," Rooney told ITV Sport.
"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.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the second goal for England from the penalty spot and becoming England's all time leading goalscorer

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"I went through a spell around 2008 when I didn't score for two years for England, and since Roy's (manager Roy Hodgson) come in I've scored a lot of goals and I'm grateful to Roy for letting me play with the freedom that I enjoy."
Rooney’s remarkable journey to a half-century of international goals began in September 2003 against Macedonia and concluded in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland that continued England’s perfect record in Euro 2016 qualifying Group E.

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Wayne Rooney’s top 10 England goals

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WAYNE ROONEY'S ENGLAND GOALS

1) Macedonia 1 England 2, European Championship qualifier, September 6, 2003
2) England 2 Liechtenstein 0, European Championship qualifier, September 10, 2003
3) England 2 Denmark 3, friendly, November 16, 2003
4 & 5) England 6 Iceland 1, FA Summer Tournament, June 5, 2004
6 & 7) England 3 Switzerland 0, European Championship finals, June 17, 2004
8 & 9) England 4 Croatia 2, European Championship finals, June 21, 2004
10) Denmark 4 England 1, friendly, August 17, 2005
11) England 3 Argentina 2, friendly, November 12, 2005
12) Netherlands 1 England 1, friendly, November 15, 2006
13) England 3 Estonia 0, European Championship qualifier, October 13, 2007
14) Russia 2 England 1, European Championship qualifier, October 17, 2007
15) Croatia 1 England 4, World Cup qualifier, September 10, 2008
16 & 17) England 5 Kazakhstan 1, World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008
18 & 19) Belarus 1 England 3, World Cup qualifier, October 15, 2008
20 & 21) England 4 Slovakia 0, friendly, March 28, 2009
22) Kazakhstan 0 England 4, World Cup qualifier, June 6, 2009
23 & 24) England 6 Andorra 0, World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009
25 & 26) England 5 Croatia 1, World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009
27) Switzerland 1 England 3, European Championship qualifier, September 7, 2010
28 & 29) Bulgaria 0 England 3, European Championship qualifier, September 2, 2011
30) Ukraine 0 England 1, European Championship finals, June 19, 2012
31 & 32) England 5 San Marino 0, World Cup qualifier, October 12, 2012
33) Poland 1 England 1, World Cup qualifier, October 17, 2012
34) England 2 Brazil 1, friendly, February 6, 2013
35) San Marino 0 England 8, World Cup qualifier, March 22, 2013
36) Montenegro 1 England 1, World Cup qualifier, March 26, 2013
37) Brazil 2 England 2, friendly, June 2, 2013
38) England 4 Montenegro 1, World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2013
39) England 2 Poland 0, World Cup qualifier, October 15, 2013
40) England 2 Ecuador 2, friendly, June 4, 2014
41) England 1 Uruguay 2, World Cup finals, June 19, 2014
42) England 1 Norway 0, friendly, September 3, 2014
43) England 5 San Marino 0, European Championship qualifier, October 9, 2014
44) Estonia 0 England 2, European Championship qualifier, October 12, 2014
45) England 3 Slovenia 1, European Championship qualifier, November 15, 2014
46) Scotland 1 England 3, friendly, November 18, 2014
47) England 4 Lithuania 0, European Championship qualifier, March 27, 2015
48) Slovenia 2 England 3, European Championship qualifier, June 14, 2015
49) San Marino 0 England 6, European Championship qualifier, September 5, 2015
50) England 2 Switzerland 0, European Championship qualifier, September 8, 2015
Stats courtesy of PA Sport
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