Euro 2016 Qualifiers: England 2-0 Switzerland
Wayne Rooney reached the mark of 50 goals with the Three Lions being the most prolific scorer ever in English football history. Being only 29 yo he still can score many more goals and can come down to the greatest player ever for England. Rooney gave the speech in the locker room to thank everybody who contributed to the success:
“Thank you to everyone here – the coaches, the players, the staff who I’ve worked with for such a long time,” Rooney said in his speech.
“It’s such a huge moment for myself and my family in my career.
“Hopefully for the team, for myself, there is a lot more to come and we can be successful. Hopefully there’s a lot of the younger lads, Harry [Kane], Ross [Barkley], Raheem [Sterling] coming through who can come close in the future and even pass me.
He added on later:
“It’s a great feeling. I know I’ve been close to it the last few England games and to finally do it is a dream come true.
“As you’ve probably seen, I was a bit emotional out there. It’s a huge honour and I’m extremely proud. I’m happy it’s done and hopefully I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and success in the future.
I went through a spell around 2008 where I didn’t score for a couple of years for England but since Roy’s come in I’ve scored a lot under him. I’m grateful to him for letting me play with freedom, which I enjoy.”
The coach Roy Hogdson also praised his forward:
“It’s an amazing achievement. I was really delighted for him but my mind turns to Sir Bobby Charlton – he was one of our greatest-ever and I’m hoping he’ll be pleased for his record to be passed.
“All records are there to be broken and I hope he’ll be pleased it was Wayne who did it as a fellow Manchester United man.
“It’s a proud moment for Wayne and his family and we participate in and enjoy the moment with him and we see what the future brings.
“But the most important thing we’ve got to do is keep improving our performances because although we won the game today we’ve played an awful lot better than that and were fortunate to come out 2-0 winners.”