International round-up: Rooney sets England goalscoring record, Mata scores for Spain and De Gea back in action

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney became England’s all-time record goalscorer after lashing home a penalty against Macedonia took his tally to 50 goals, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton’s 49 goal haul which remained the highest for so long.

You can say what you want about Rooney but to score 50 goals for England is a fantastic achievement. Well done Wayne.

In the same game, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw both put in superb performances which were good enough for either to be named man of the match. Their turnaround has been remarkable this season and long may it continue.

David de Gea and Juan Mata both started for Spain in their win over Macedonia. It was De Gea’s first competitive game of the season but he didn’t have much to do up against a lacklustre Macedonia side.

On the other hand, Mata got himself on the scoresheet with a wonderfully weird right-footed from the flank. Was it a cross? Maybe, but he won’t care.

Andreas Pereira also took another step towards Brazil’s senior team by making his debut with the U23s Olympics age side. He featured heavily for Brazil in the U20s World Cup this summer and will be delighted to now be playing with that older age group.

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