Wayne Rooney has set his long-term sights on a lofty accolade – becoming the greatest striker to ever play for Manchester United or England, the
Charlton is the leading goal scorer for both his club, Manchester United, and for England, having been part of the team that won the World Cup in 1966. Rooney has 32 goals for England to his name, 17 adrift of Charlton, and 185 for United. That leaves him 64 goals behind Charlton at club level.
Rooney spoke with reverence about Charlton, who remains a fixture at Old Trafford almost 40 years after he ended his playing career at the club with which he became synonymous. Charlton left United in 1973, played a season as player-manager at Preston North End and rounded out his career with a handful of appearances at Waterford, becoming a director of United in the mid-1980s.
“Sir Bobby Charlton holds both (records) so that’s a great challenge,’ Rooney said. ‘The guy is a legend and is such a presence around the club. If I could break his record as Manchester United’s top goal scorer and maybe even England’s…wow! That is such a great incentive.”
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