Rooney delighted with England double to close in on goal record

The Manchester United striker moved onto 46 for his country, three behind Sir Bobby Charlton, and insists it was an “unbelievable feeling” to score twice against Scotland


Wayne Rooney insists he is not thinking about becoming England’s record goalscorer after two strikes against Scotland moved him ever-closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

The Manchester United striker is now just three behind Charlton, who is the Three Lions’ all-time top goalscorer with 49, and will have the chance to move ahead of the Old Trafford legend when England face Lithuania and Italy in international fixtures in March 2015.

Rooney was the star of the show for Roy Hodgson’s side in their 3-1 win over Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night although the 29-year-old is not concerned with surpassing Sir Bobby and insists that it was a “special” feeling to find the net against their old rivals.

He told Sky Sports: I’m just happy to score goals for England. It’s an unbelievable feeling it was a very special feeling for me to score two goals for England against Scotland at Celtic Park. It’s a special night.

“It was a great victory for us. We spoke about the atmosphere before the game and it’s a terrific atmosphere here at Celtic Park.

“We had to show our character. It was a quick start from Scotland. It was a fantastic atmosphere, you could hear it during the national anthems. We showed our ability with the ball and our mental strength.

“Particularly after we scored the first goal I thought we controlled the game. When Scotland got their goal back it could’ve been a bit edgy but we responded fantastically so it’s a great victory and a great performance.

“It’s great [the fixture] for the fans, it’s fantastic to play in. It’s not my decision but it would be great to have more games like this.”

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