England captain Wayne Rooney has his sights set on becoming the player to finally break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals for the Three Lions.
The 29-year-old has scored 43 times in 99 appearances for his country and is poised to bring up his century in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday, with England 1.32 to win the game and 7.00 to triumph by a 3-0 scoreline.
And Manchester United ace Rooney is far from done for England yet and has the mark of Charlton clearly in his sights.
He said: “The record has stood for so many years, there have been plenty of players who haven’t been able to break it.
“I’m still relatively young and believe I can do it. I could sit here saying I’ve got 200 caps and 100 goals for my country.”
Rooney is currently fourth in the list of all-time scorers for England, with only Jimmy Greaves (44), Gary Lineker (48) and Charlton ahead of him.
The frontman has netted a goal in each of the last two qualifiers for England, scoring against both San Marino and Estonia, with victories in those two games and an earlier 2-0 success in Switzerland making it three wins out of three for Roy Hodgson’s side in Group E.
Meanwhile, England have suffered an injury setback for the clash with Slovenia, with Rooney’s club colleague Michael Carrick being ruled out of the game by a groin problem sustained during training.
The 33-year-old will also miss the friendly international against Scotland next week, although no replacement has been called up.