FA chairman thrilled for 'team-player' Wayne Rooney

Wednesday 09 Sep 2015
FA Chairman Greg Dyke
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On Tuesday Wayne Rooney became the first Englishman to reach a half-century of international goals – and Greg Dyke was quick to send his words of congratulations to the Three Lions captain.

Rooney scored the second in England's 2-0 victory against Switzerland

Wayne Rooney celebrates becoming England

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his 50th England goal

A feat that meant he overtook Sir Bobby Charlton's 49 international goals, to stand alone as England's greatest ever goalscorer.

And following the game at Wembley Stadium, The FA Chairman said: “I am thrilled for Wayne. To become England’s top scorer of all time is a wonderful achievement and I hope he goes on to add many more goals to his tally. 

“I am looking forward to the finals already and am sure all our fans are as well”

Greg Dyke FA chairman

"Regardless of what is a very special record, he fully deserves his place in history among this country's all-time great forwards like Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and, of course, Sir Bobby Charlton.

“We are talking about an individual record but what is interesting is that Wayne is very much a team player first and foremost. 

"As captain of England, I know he wants nothing more than success for the whole squad and I congratulate them all – as well as Roy and his staff – on securing qualification for France next summer. 

"I am looking forward to the finals already and am sure all our fans are as well.”

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer