Wayne Rooney is tied with Sir Bobby Charlton for the all-time scoring lead for the English national team after the goal against San Marino Saturday. But he wants to make the record his own a keep on playing for the English national team for years to come.
The 29-year-old Manchester United striker has told the media that he will continue to strive to break the record and keep scoring goals for The Three Lions. He also said that he sees himself playing for the national team for a long time and would never reject a call up.
“I feel I’ve got still quite a lot of games left to play for England,” Rooney told The Guardian. “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. I’ve still got plenty of games to do that. Hopefully by the time I finish playing it will be more goals than 50. As long as the manager wants me, then I will be available to play.
“Realistically 2018 is a target for me, to go and play that World Cup, and then we will see what happens in terms of the manager or myself. I’ll listen to my body but, if I still feel 100% fit for England and I can do my job, then we will see what happens after that.
“If I feel I can carry on, I’ll try. But I won’t be one to say I’m not available for selection. I’m sure it’ll probably be the manager’s choice more than mine. It’s a huge honour to play for England and I imagine it’ll be difficult to say I’m ready not to play.”
Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton both have 49 goals in 106 caps for England. Rooney has the chance to break the record on Tuesday when England hosts Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.