Wayne Rooney admitted the emotions had got too much for him after he had scored his 50th goal for his country in England’s 2-0 win against Switzerland at Wembley.
The Manchester United star slotted home a late penalty, after Raheem Sterling had been fouled in the area, to move ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton and become England’s record goalscorer.
Rooney, who has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, said: “This is right up there if not the best – to be your country’s all-time leading goalscorer before the age of 30 is something I could never have dreamed of – I’m extremely proud.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s a dream come true. As you’ve probably seen, I was a bit emotional out there. I’m happy it’s done and hopefully I can kick on from here and concentrate on the team and success in the future.”
Rooney scored six minutes from time in the Euro 2016 qualifier after Harry Kane had broken the deadlock.
It was the England captain’s 107th cap, having made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2003. He became the youngest player to score for England when he scored his first senior goal in a 2-1 win against FYR Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier.
England’s next top scorer in the current squad is Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who has seven goals in 41 appearances.
Manchester United are 15.00 to win the Premier League title outright this season and 1.95 to beat Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.