Rooney eyeing England scoring record

Wayne Rooney has acknowledged the England goal record is in his sights as the Manchester United forward chases down Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally, Sky Sports has reported.

Rooney has 41 goals in 97 games for the national team and is eight behind Charlton, with Jimmy Greaves and Gary Lineker between the pair. Rooney needs three goals to surpass Greaves and seven to overtake Lineker, and says that while he isn’t pre-occupied by the record, it’s something he is looking towards.

“It’s there. There’s no denying it,” he said at a press conference ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino. “Jimmy Greaves is there and if I can overtake him this week, in the coming weeks, the coming months (then) that would be great.

“It’s not something going into the game (I’m) thinking: ‘Oh, I’ve got to beat Jimmy Greaves’ record to get close to Bobby Charlton’,” he added. “I’m wanting to do well for the team and if I can score goals then great and the most important thing for us is to perform well and to win the games.”

Rooney made his England debut in 2003 and was appointed captain following the resignation of Steven Gerrard after the 2014 World Cup. Rooney is also captain of United, where Charlton is also the all-time leading scorer and Rooney is third on the list. Charlton netted 249 goals in 758 games for United, while Rooney has 219 in 448 appearances.

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