Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is just three goals behind all-time England leading goalscorer, Sir Bobby Charlton and hopes he will become the highest goalscorer in national history “sooner rather than later”.
Rooney currently has 46 goals, compared to Charlton’s 49 and he stands a strong chance of eclipsing that record over this international break, especially in Friday’s home game against Lithuania.
Rooney was quoted by Sky Sports as saying how proud he would be of the achievement.
“Obviously I am close. It will be a fantastic moment for myself, a proud moment if I can do that.”
The 29-year-old forward has plenty of time to surpass the record but isn’t focused on personal achievements and just wants to see the team succeed.
“Hopefully one day it will happen and sooner rather than later, I have to keep concentrating on what has got me to this position and try to do my best for the team and hopefully I can get goals along the way.”
After missing the chance to get on the scoresheet at Anfield in his last Manchester United game he will be keen to kick on and prove that his best position is as a striker, though Rooney isn’t worried about where he plays.
“I’m sure in other games [Van Gaal] might put me back in midfield, but I’m delighted to be playing up front and scoring goals. It’s helping us win football matches.”
The England captain will lead his side out in tonights qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, knowing a hat-trick will put him level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.
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