English Premiership

Hodgson sets Rooney trophy goal

2015-09-09 11:26
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

London - England manager Roy Hodgson has challenged Wayne Rooney to emulate Bobby Charlton's World Cup-winning exploits.

Hodgson challenge came after Rooney broke the 77-year-old's scoring record by netting his 50th international goal against Switzerland.

The England captain lashed in a late penalty in Tuesday's 2-0 win in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley to become England's outright all-time leading scorer, having equalled Charlton's previous mark in Saturday's 6-0 win in San Marino.

Charlton led a flood of tributes to Rooney after the game and with the Manchester United captain not due to turn 30 until next month, Hodgson believes he can stretch the record and emulate Charlton by leading England to glory.

Asked how many goals Rooney could yet score for England, Hodgson replied: "It depends how long he plays. I'd like to think we're on 10 games a year these days, a bit more if we do quite well in a tournament.

"So if he plays to 2018 at least we're talking 20 or 30 games, so 10 to 15 goals with his rate of scoring.

"But I know Wayne well enough to know he's really delighted tonight. It's a proud moment for him and his family, but he's not got in his head how many goals he can score for England.

"He wants to make England a better team, to make sure, like Sir Bobby Charlton, he ends up winning a tournament or getting very good results in a tournament."

Rooney is the first to acknowledge that despite the goal-scoring record, his England career does not compare to that of Charlton, a key member of the team that tasted World Cup glory on home soil in 1966.

But there was no room for caveats on a night that belonged to Rooney, who wiped tears from his eyes as the crowd rose to acclaim him in the aftermath of his historic goal.

Hodgson revealed afterwards that Rooney had been presented with a framed shirt with the number 50 on the back by the Football Association and had made a brief speech to his team-mates in the changing room.

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