Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he wants to surpass Old Trafford and England legend Bobby Charlton.
The current Red Devils star is hoping he can continue a rich vein of scoring form over the past two seasons and catch Charlton in the goal charts for both club and country.
A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Charlton is the Three Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer on 49 strikes, as well as at Old Trafford with 249 goals over a 17-year playing career.
Rooney is 17 behind the Manchester United legend for England goals and 64 behind with club goals – at just 27 years old, it is not unreasonable to think he could surpass both milestones.
“Sir Bobby Charlton holds both so that’s a great challenge,” he said in response to being asked about his record-breaking ambitions in an interview with Shortlist magazine.
“The guy is a legend and is such a presence around the club. If I could break his record as Manchester United’s top goalscorer and maybe even England’s… wow! That is such a great incentive.”
Rooney doesn’t look like adding to any of his tallies this week, as an ankle injury sustained against Aston Villa last weekend kept him out of England’s friendly loss to Sweden on Wednesday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also admitted there were serious doubts over whether the ankle would heal in time for the clash with Norwich City on Saturday evening.