Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's delight at reaching Gary Lineker's record

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Wayne Rooney was "delighted" to score his 48th goal for England, but insists the 3-2 result in Slovenia is far more significant.

Having missed a handful of chances in the first half, Wayne Rooney scored a late winner for England against Slovenia to end the international season unbeaten.

The England skipper remained calm throughout despite being held back by some heroics from Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who is another shot stopper being linked with a move to replace David de Gea at Manchester United, as per the Express.

The strike ensured the Three Lions go into the summer break with maximum points from their six Group E qualifiers this season and means Rooney equals Gary Lineker's international goal tally at 48.

However, England's highest goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton is just one ahead of Rooney, who should break that next season with the Three Lions.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game in a good atmosphere, especially going one-nil down," Rooney told FATV.

"We showed great character to comeback and take the lead. We were disappointed to concede the equaliser, but thankfully got the winning goal and saw the game out.

"The first goal was a sloppy goal and the second we could have defended better, but overall it was a good performance.

"We got three good goals and I think we deserved the win. We're pleased with the result."

He continued: "Obviously I'm delighted to get the winning goal, it was a big three points for us and a step closer to Sir Bobby's record.

"I'm sure that will come but at the minute I'm concentrating on trying help the team win games, get points and qualify for the European Championship."

England were trailing at half-time after Milivoje Novakovic netted a surprise opener for Slovenia to give them the advantage. The goal came from poor defending which, in hindsight, was avoidable.

Nejc Pecnik looked to have snatched a point for Slovenia in the last five minutes, powering home a header, but Rooney's winner silenced the Slovenians.

Rooney is now looking forward to securing a position in France at Euro 2016.

"It's a positive performance, a big performance for a lot of the players in the coming year, and the players will certainly benefit from it," he said.

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