Charlton: Rooney will break England record

Sir Bobby Charlton believes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will surpass him as England’s all-time leading scorer, ITV Sport has reported.

The World Cup winner scored 49 goals in his 106 international appearances, putting him top of the list for England players. Gary Lineker is second with 48, while Jimmy Greaves (44) is third and Rooney, the new England captain, fourth on 41.

Charlton, whose last England cap and goal came in 1970, not only expects Rooney to overtake him in the near future but says he will welcome it when it happens. “He is really keen to break my record, which seems to have stood for a long time,” Charlton said.

“I’ve told him not to worry too much. He has my backing. I’ll be quite happy when it comes,” he continued. “I told him, ‘Think hard about it and maybe you’ll have some good news’. I’ve had good news from it all my life. I don’t mind him taking it.

“It would a great achievement – and it would be a change for me. That’s good. He’s a good lad and I don’t mind it at all.”

Charlton is also the leading scorer for United, with 249 goals in 758 games. Rooney, with 217 in 443, is third on the list, behind Denis Law.

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