Former Manchester United manager, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson pointed out his surprise to see Wayne Rooney equaling Sir Bobby Chartlon‘s goal scoring record for England.
In a Euro 2016 qualifying round against San Marino which ended 0-6 for the Three Lions saw Rooney score his 49th goal in 106 games for England, equaling Sir Bobby Charlton‘s goal tally which he also scored in 49 matches.
Sir Alex, commented “I would never have thought that (equaling Sir Bobby’s record), we didn’t recognize Rooney as an out and out goalscorer.”
“The evidence wasn’t there – Rooney looked an outstanding footballer and that was the main reason we wanted him.”
“I’ve always loved his aggressive nature, driving at defenders & whizzing by them. Plus he’s now proven he is goalscorer.”
Rooney was taken off in the 59th minute, having had at least 31 more minutes to try and break the record, but England manager Roy Hodgson defender the decision to take the Englishman off.
Hodgson said: ‘The substitution was planned with a view to Tuesday night,’
‘It would be nice if Wayne could get the 50th goal against Switzerland on Tuesday night, but one thing is for certain – he’ll get it.
‘If it’s not on Tuesday, it might be October, if it’s not October, it might be in November, and if it’s not in November, it might be 2016. But he’ll get it. It’s not as if this was his last and only chance.
‘If this was his last game for England and he needed one more goal to break the record, I wouldn’t have taken him off.’