Wayne Rooney wants to set goal record at Wembley

Saturday 05 Sep 2015
Wayne Rooney equals Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record

Wayne Rooney admits it would be 'great' to break Sir Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night.

Rooney scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot in the Three Lions' 6-0 drubbing of San Marino to draw level with Charlton on 49 goals for his country. 

And the Manchester United talisman then revealed his ambition to make history in front of home supporters at Wembley.

San Marino 0-6 England

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier
Saturday 5 September
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle

He said: "It would've been great had it happened tonight. But to break the record at Wembley, with all its tradition, would be great although it's more important we win the game.

"It's a proud moment for me to equal Sir Bobby's record and my aim is to push on and try and help the team get the victory on Tuesday night and break that record and become the out-and-out record holder.

"Sir Bobby has helped me a lot since I joined Manchester United. He's in the dressing room after all the games and has a presence about him. 

"He speaks to all the players and particularly myself after matches and gives me advice and tries to help me. I'm sure if there's anyone who'll be happy for me to break it's record, it's him."

Rooney has now scored 49 goals in 106 games for his country - exactly the same number of games it took Charlton to reach the landmark.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after equalling Sir Bobby Charlton

Rooney celebrates after equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record

But the Three Lions captain insists he would trade making history of his own for team success with England at the European Championship.

He added: "It's a crazy game. Hopefully my 107th game will be my 50th goal. We want to be successful and I'd swap all those goals for a winners' medal next summer."

And Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who came on for Rooney in the second half and scored a delightful chip shortly afterwards praised his team-mate's goalscoring efforts.

He said: "It's great for Wazza to equal the record - it's a great achievement and we're all buzzing for him, but the whole team played well. 

"We got the job done and are the first team to qualify but we don't want to stop here. We want to continue to keep improving and push on."

By Mark Gilbert Head of Editorial Content