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Soccer - UEFA Euro 2016 - Qualifying - Group E - England v Switzerland - Wembley Stadium Mike Egerton Mike Egerton

WAYNE ROONEY BECAME England’s all-time leading goal-scorer after netting his 50th international goal in a historic 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in Euro 2016 qualifying tonight.

With England having already qualified for next year’s tournament, the stage was set for their captain to surpass Bobby Charlton’s mark of 49, which he had equalled in Saturday’s 6-0 win in San Marino.

After substitute Harry Kane broke the deadlock, the moment duly arrived in the 84th minute, Rooney crashing a penalty into Yann Sommer’s top-right corner and being rewarded with a standing ovation that left him wiping away tears.

The result gave Roy Hodgson’s side an eighth consecutive win, keeping them on course to finish Group E with a perfect record ahead of October’s final two qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.

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But while England, who lost Fabian Delph to an early injury, can start making plans for France, Switzerland remain under threat from Slovenia in the race for the second and final automatic qualifying spot.

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