English Premiership

Rooney hopes for 'special' Wembley moment

2015-09-07 12:26
Wayne Rooney (AFP)

London - Having matched Bobby Charlton's England goal-scoring record against San Marino, Wayne Rooney plans to set a new mark in front of a home crowd against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday.

Rooney's penalty opener in Saturday's 6-0 win in San Marino, which secured a place at Euro 2016, was his 49th international goal and left him needing one more to become the first England player to reach a half-century.

Substituted mid-way through the second half in Serravalle, Rooney believes it will be more fitting if he breaks the record at Wembley, but admits that it is trophies, rather than personal milestones, that fire him.

"It would have been nice tonight (Saturday) as well, but to do it at Wembley would be a lot more special and hopefully on Tuesday I can do that," the Manchester United striker said.

"It was my 106th game and as much as I love playing for England and scoring goals, there would be nothing better than being successful with England and that's all any player wants to do.

"I'm sure the other lads are no different. It's the ultimate goal and if I don't, I'll be disappointed.

"Hopefully the young players in the future can, but it's the ultimate goal for me and that's what I want to do - be successful with England."

Euro 2016 will be Rooney's sixth major championship with England and he knows that time is running out for him to atone for a litany of tournament disappointments by getting his hands on an international trophy.

The England captain will be 30 by the time England travel to France, but he fully intends to play on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia and potentially beyond.

"I still feel fine," he said.

"I think I can go to Russia and then see how I feel, but that's not something I'm thinking about."


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