Wayne Rooney is on course to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record and has plenty of years remaining in his international career to surpass it.
Michael Owen told the Telegraph that when Rooney breaks the record it will be unbreakable for decades.
Charlton’s record of 49 international goals is just two ahead of Rooney, who is on course to reach something that has not been done for more than 40 years. Gary Lineker, however, currently has one more goal than the current England and Manchester United captain.
“Wayne has been the top England striker for a long time now.
“Inevitably, with his quality he will continue to score goals and probably set a target that’s not impossible to catch, but it would certainly take a good ’un to beat it.”
Despite Harry Kane’s terrific breakthrough season at Tottenham Hotspur, Owen does not see Rooney having much competition up front for some time. An injury plagued Daniel Sturridge helps too.
“I don’t think Wayne has got that much competition at the moment, either.
“Obviously Daniel Sturridge, if he is fit and firing, then he’d be a starter, and that might alter Wayne’s position but there is not a lot below that. I just don’t see him being ousted from the team for a long time.”
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