Euro 2016: Rooney Hits The Big 5-0 As Three Lions Edge Past Swiss (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

8th, September 2015


Neither captain Wayne Rooney or the England team as a whole managed to hit top form at Wembley on Tuesday night. However, the Three Lions did enough to secure a 2-0 win, with Rooney finally setting a new record for England goals.


The game had just begun when Man City’s Fabian Delph was forced off with a hamstring injury.

The hosts struggled to create any decent chances, with the Swiss looking dangerous on the break, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did go close.

On the half-hour mark, Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri was foiled by Joe Hart as England struggled to control the game.

After the break, a good run from Oxlade-Chamberlain set up Rooney, but the striker could only direct a header straight at Swiss ‘keeper Yann Sommer.

On 67 minutes, the deadlock was finally broken, with sub Harry Kane firing home after good work from Luke Shaw down the left.

Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived. When Raheem Sterling produced a rather terrible dive. With referee Gianluca Rocchi somehow decided to point to the spot, Rooney then fired home his record-breaking 50th senior goal for England.

Not the best of performances from the English, with Jonjo Shelvey arguably looking a bit out of his depth in the deep-lying midfield role. Still, the win keeps alive England’s 100% record in qualification while Rooney finally got the record-breaking shenanigans out of the way. As for the Swiss. they are now on the verge of bagging the second automatic qualification spot for themselves.

(Highlights: Dailymotion)

(Vine: Graham Corking)

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  1. Jarren says:

    Congratulations to Wayne, well deserved.

    A leader of men, and a natural goalscorer from the penalty spot as much as the extraordinary.

    He should end up with 70 goals for England, come the end of his career.

    United legend, England legend.

  2. Maria says:

    Jarren – typical myopic M~U fan. Rooney has one of the worst penalty conversion rates in the EPL. Top 20 penalty takers, he comes in 19th with 68.2% converted – that’s two out of every five missed.

    Leader of men? Please. Always swearing and getting red cards. If you play enough games you’ll get the goals. Lineker got 48 goals in just 80 games. Rooney took 26 more games to pass him. And as for World Cup goals. Well, Rooney’s record is pathetic.

  3. Anonymous says:

    horrible dive by Sterling.

    on a side note: 68.2 percent converted is actually two missed out of six, rather than five

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh no only 19 out of the top 20 in the league! How horrible. That still makes him 19th best in the entire league. I’m sure there are plenty of guys who would love to have that ranking.

  5. Maria says:

    Wind your neck in anonymous. I was responding to the first posters comment that he’s a natural goal scorer from the penalty spot. He isn’t. 19th out of 20th isn’t legendary either. Rooney isn’t a bad striker, but he’s not outstanding either.

    Had Owen (Ballon d’or winner – how many has Rooney got of those eh?) not been injured so much he’d have the record.

  6. Oz says:

    Congrats to the fat, overrated, overpaid, worthless f***. Now that he’s converted dozens of penalties against the likes of San Marino and Liechtenstein to get the record perhaps he can finally retire

  7. ElStadioDeLuz says:

    No mention of Wayne’s celebration then?

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