So Wayne Rooney has taken Bobby Charlton's crown as England's top goal scorer. Great. Well done to him. He still trails the great Robbie Keane by 17 goals as Europe's most prolific scorer still playing football. After the BBC's dis of Robbie this week, it got us thinking - which goal was better - Robbie's or Wazza's? In examining the facts, we identified one critical difference between Rooney's goal and Keane's goal, and indeed between England and Ireland, and it is that difference that makes Robbie's goal vastly superior.
First let's watch the goals.
Rooney's Record Breaker
Wayne's came last night vs Switzerland. A penalty off a Sterling dive. A thunderbolt in the upper lefthand corner that the keeper could not stop.
The Wembley crowd went into raptures and the chants of 'Roooooooooney' echoed around the stadium.
Keane's Record Breaker
Robbie Keane's record-breaking goal also came via penalty, against the Faroes in 2007 at the old Lansdowne. It was also struck to the left hand corner (though less emphatically) and the keeper also guessed correctly.
The old Lansdowne also went mad. And here we get to the critical difference. Listen to the work of the PA man. Without missing a beat, he plays Cliff Richard's 'Congratulations' for the ecstatic fans. What a bold choice of song! This is international football and yet Keano is being serenaded by the UK's 1968 Eurovision entry, a song that you only hear at 50th anniversaries and bad weddings. And yet it only adds to the moment. Imagine Cliff Richard being played on the Wembley tannoy last night? Everything would screech to a halt.
And that's why Irish football rules. Cliff Richard's 'Congratulations' will always have its place.