Sir Bobby Charlton congratulates Wayne Rooney

Wednesday 09 Sep 2015
Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney in November 2014

After Wayne Rooney became England's all-time top goalscorer, the player he took the record from has congratulated the Three Lions striker.

Sir Bobby Charlton – who became England's record scorer in 1968 and netted his 49th goal in the 1970 World Cup – delivered the following personal message via Manchester United:

"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."

By FA Staff