English Premiership

Rooney chasing Charlton

2014-10-10 10:47
Wayne Rooney is on course to be England's leading goalscorer (Supplied)

Cape Town - England captain Wayne Rooney is confident he can eclipse the international goal-scoring record still held by Sir Bobby Charlton.

Rooney finds himself just eight goals shy of Charlton's long-standing haul of 49, which has stood for over four decades.

Gary Lineker finished his Three Lions career only one goal short of Charlton's tally, and Rooney is closing in on the 44 scored by Jimmy Greaves.

The Manchester United skipper has an opportunity to make a further dent in his compatriot's record when Roy Hodgson's side take on minnows San Marino in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday night.

And the 28-year-old striker admits that overtaking the Red Devils icon in the England scoring charts would be something special. 

"You're in this game for your team-mates. There's nothing better than getting a trophy, but it would be great to get the record," said Rooney.

"I'd never have thought that when I came into this England team that I would be best goal scorer. It would be massive for me and make my family proud. I want to do it.

"I've seen clips of Jimmy Greaves and Bobby, of course. It is there. It's there for me to overtake them all and I feel I'm capable of doing that.

"Now I'm three behind Jimmy and it would be a huge honour for me. It's not something I've looked at for a long while but I'm confident in myself and believe I will do it. Hopefully I'll be sat here having won it."

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