England boss Southgate lauds record-breaker Rooney

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The Three Lions skipper scored his 250th goal for the Red Devils against Stoke City and has been widely praised for his "incredible achievement"

England manager Gareth Southgate paid tribute to "outstanding" Wayne Rooney after the Three Lions captain broke Manchester United's all-time goalscoring record on Saturday.

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Rooney netted a 94th-minute free-kick for United to earn a 1-1 draw at Stoke City in the Premier League, and that was enough to move beyond Bobby Charlton onto 250 goals for the Old Trafford club.

The 31-year-old is also England's record marksman - his tally of 53 again beating Charlton - and Southgate reflected on Rooney's "incredible" achievements.

"When you look at whose record he has broken and the way that Sir Bobby is revered in this country and by his club, it shows you what an achievement it is," he told the Football Association's official website.

"To be the leading goalscorer for United – overtaking Sir Bobby – and for England is an incredible achievement.

"To have scored that many goals then you have got to have performed so consistently over such a long period of time, which is a mark of an outstanding player. Wayne has managed to achieve that."

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