Wayne Rooney claims he is fully focused on helping England finish top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group E, despite being on the verge of breaking the country’s goalscoring record against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old Manchester United star moved level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals when he scored in Saturday’s 6-0 win in San Marino, which also booked England’s place in the European Championship finals in France next summer.
Boss Roy Hodgson substituted Rooney on the hour to prevent him adding to his tally and breaking the record at the weekend, which will leave him looking to do the job against the Swiss.
However, he insists that reaching the 50-goal milestone is not his ultimate aim going into the game because he is confident of scoring many more goals for his country.
Rooney is just concentrating on picking up another three points to ensure they win the group and also move to within two games of finishing the qualifying campaign with a 100% winning record.
Rooney said: “It would be nice to do it and move on from that and concentrate on the team again. That’s the most important thing. To try to win the game and finish the group top.
“If it happens then great. If not, it’s not something that will concern me. The main concern is the game.
“I feel I’ve still got quite a lot of games left to play for England.
If I was sat here saying ‘I just want to get 50 goals’ then I’d be lying.
“I’d be disappointed if I ended my England career on 50 goals. I want to kick on and try to score as many goals as I can.”
England are 1.80 to win, Switzerland are 5.00 and the draw is 3.80, while Rooney is 2.10 to score at anytime in the game.