Is Man United striker Wayne Rooney England's greatest striker?

Bobby Charlton has lost his record to Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney has become England's all-time leading goalscorer, but many would argue he is by no means the best striker in the country's history.

The Manchester United forward surpassed Bobby Charlton's longstanding record of 49 England goals with a penalty against Switzerland on Tuesday night.

It has taken Rooney 107 games to reach the 50-goal milestone, having made his debut in 2003, becoming England's youngest ever international.

Despite making history for The Three Lions, Rooney has received plenty of criticism throughout his career, with plenty of supporters not classing him in the same bracket as Charlton and Jimmy Greaves.

Jimmy Greaves netted 44 goals. Credit: PA

Charlton was a key member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, netting three goals in the tournament, as his country headed for victory, whereas Rooney has a solitary goal in the finals, coming in a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

Gary Lineker, who has 48 goals to his name at international level, took just 80 matches to reach the figure.

Wayne Rooney's international record. Credit: ITV Sport

The deadly former Spurs striker was prolific for England, netting a World Cup hat-trick against Poland in 1986 and netted four in Italia '90, where England lost in the semi-final to West Germany on penalties.

Another former Spurs striker, Jimmy Greaves, was superb in an England shirt, netting 44 in just 57 games for his country between 1959 and 1967, giving the best scoring ratio of those in the top ten.

Greaves can also boast the record of having the most hat-tricks for England, having scored six during his international career.