How Twitter reacted to Rooney’s record-equaling milestone

Wayne Rooney set England on their way to guaranteed qualification to Euro 2016 with the first goal in the 6-0 victory over San Marino, which took him level with Bobby Charlton as the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer.

All eyes will now turn to Tuesday’s qualifier with Switzerland to see if the record will completely belong to Rooney, but here is how Twitter reacted to the Manchester United striker moving one away from the milestone of 50 international goals:

Pre-game all of the talk was about whether the record would go and Rooney’s wife Coleen had even travelled to the 5,000-seater Stadio Olimpico in anticipation of the moment.

Two goals were needed for the record to be broken and it seemed on the cards when this penalty was converted inside the opening 13 minutes.

However, not everyone was happy with the quality of the spot kick.

Or the quality of the commentating.

Here are England’s top scorers shown in a slightly different way.

England’s lead doubled on the half hour when Cristian Brolli headed into his own net and then there was a feeling that it would rain goals. Brolli’s misfortune also took some of the shine off Rooney’s moment.

But Rooney was taken off after an hour by Roy Hodgson, with the England boss wanting to give Harry Kane a run out and not wanting to risk certain players on a cutting up pitch that was more likely to cause an injury.

Others had a more sceptical view of the substitution.

If only Rooney had taken a leaf out of David Platt’s book, he may have made it to 50 in San Marino.

The substitution opened the floodgates as to whether Rooney and Charlton were truly comparable, despite both making it to 49 goals from the same number of international games.

Some felt inclined to pick on the calibre of opposition that Rooney had chosen to bully for his goals.

Others gave Rooney a little more credit.

Rooney will be joining a fairly elite club if adding to his England tally against Switzerland.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.