Manchester United and England frontman Wayne Rooney is dreaming of World Cup glory in Brazil next year, despite a host of critics downplaying the national side's chances of returning home victorious.
The 28-year-old is undeniably England's most talented player, having scored 38 goals in 86 appearances in the white jersey. If he notches tonight against Chile, it will be his most prolific year in front of goal for his country having already scored six in the eight games he's played in 2013.
He will also move to within ten of the all-time goal scoring record set by Sir Bobby Charlton.
And despite the national side's chances of victory being slated by the FA's own chairman, Greg Dyke, Rooney is more optimistic.
"We want to try and do what no England team has done since 1966 and win a major trophy," he told thefa.com.
"That's the aim for us all and that's what we hope we can do."
England qualified for next year's tournament against Poland at Wembley last month, with the United striker scoring the opener. He also netted the first goal against Montenegro four days previous to set Roy Hodgson's men on their way to qualification.
With negativity surrounding the nation's World Cup chances, it's worth pointing out the former West Bromwich Albion manager oversaw an unbeaten qualifying campaign that saw England score 31 goals and concede only four.
They also earned a respectable draw in Rio de Janeiro against hosts Brazil in June, but will face stiff competition in Chile and Germany if they're to keep up their ten-game unbeaten record.
These two fixtures are two of three remaining before Hodgson names his 23-man squad, with the final international fixture before next summer scheduled for March against Denmark.
And he commented: "You get a feeling for what they have to offer and show you the moment they step in the camp. When you see them on the training field you see them performing at a higher level than they do at club level because of the pace of the session.
"It's going to be a big night for them if they get their chance. But I'd like to think I'll make my judgement on these players not purely on their success in the 90 minutes, but also what I see of them week-in, week-out in the Premier League."
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