Rooney scored twice in front of a healthy 84,654 crowd, taking him to 31 international goals, one more than Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
The result took England three points clear at the top of Group H and in good heart for Tuesday's crucial trip to Poland.
Rooney described his pride in his achievement and told ITV1: "There are some great players there and to be in the England top five is something to be proud of.
"I am only 26 so hopefully I will score a lot more.
"We created some good chances and maybe there was a bit of poor finishing but it's not that easy when they put 10 or 11 men behind the ball.
"It's difficult to break them down and we had to create chances and we managed to do that, so obviously we'll take the positives and it wasn't a bad result."