Old Trafford star closing in on Bobby Charlton’s tally.
Newly appointed captain Wayne Rooney has set his sights on overcoming Sir Bobby Charlton to become England’s leading goal-scorer of all time according to the Daily Mirror.
The 28 year old notched up his 41st national team goal with an excellently placed penalty kick against Norway last week and is not just eight off Charlton’s 49 goal tally and has time on his side as he seeks to overhaul the record set by his fellow Man United legend.
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Rooney is now fourth on England’s all time list, behind Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves, his spot-kick against Norway seeing him overtake Michael Owen.
It’s a goal that the Man United man is keen to reach, stating;
“I’d be a fool if I didn’t look at Sir Bobby Charlton’s record and feel capable of passing him. It’s in my sights. I want to do it. Hopefully one day I can.
“I speak to him a lot at Manchester United – but that’s not something we really talk about!
“Obviously it would be a great achievement by myself, and I’d be delighted to do that. Both records have stood for a long time, and a lot of players have attempted to break them.”
Indeed Rooney is also moving in on Charlton’s Old Trafford goal-scoring record as well, with his 217 tally just 32 off the World Cup winner’s 249 total.
The former Everton man feels confident of bagging the goals necessary to make history;
“Now they’re in touching distance, the two of them. It’s something I’d love to do. I feel I’m capable of doing it. Hopefully one day I’ll hold the two records. I’m confident I can.”