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Wayne Rooney keen to break England record says Bobby Charlton

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Manchester United icon Sir Bobby Charlton believes that Wayne Rooney is capable of breaking his England goalscoring record.

Rooney scored the only goal of the game against Norway from the penalty spot last week, and takes the Manchester United striker to 41 goals for his national side.

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With Rooney only nine strikes away from breaking Charlton's 49-goal tally, sitting in fourth behind former England hitmen Jimmy Greaves and Gary Lineker, the 76-year-old reckons it would be great if the current Old Trafford star took the achievement from the Manchester United star of old.

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Charlton said: "He [Rooney] is really keen to break my record, which seems to have stood for a long time.

"I don't mind him taking it, and I've told him not to worry too much about the record. He has my backing, I'll be quite happy when it comes."

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The former Manchester United forward continued "I told him, 'Think hard about it and maybe you'll have some good news'.  It would a great achievement - and it would be a change for me.

"He's a good lad and I don't mind it at all."

Rooney is also chasing Charlton's goalscoring record at a domestic level, with the 28-year-old not too far behind the the total of 249 goals for Manchester United.

The current club captain has hit the back of the net 217 times since joining for £25.6 million from boyhood club Everton in 2004.

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