Can any of England's current crop surpass Wayne Rooney's goalscoring record?

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Well, it's over. After years of expectation heaped on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney to break Sir Bobby Charlton's long-held goalscoring record for England, the metaphorical monkey is finally off the back and broad shoulders of the England captain.

It was a record that many felt would never be broken. Michael Owen appeared to be the favourite having broken into the senior set up at just 18 and reaching his final tally of 40 by the early age of 26, but was ultimately hindered by unfortunate injuries.

If it wasn't for Owen's injuries it's highly conceivable that Rooney's achievement would have been a thing of imagination, with it more-than-likely that the former Liverpool striker would have comfortably surpassed Charlton's tally of 49 goals.


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It was ultimately Rooney who would break it, though, with the Manchester United striker firing home a penalty in the 84th minute against Switzerland on Tuesday to create history and score his half-century.

But who of the current bunch has a chance of surpassing Rooney, if anyone?

It might be surprising to know that out of the English players still playing, it is in fact Peter Crouch who has the most England goals to his name. Not taken as seriously as other players by some fans, his record was actually rather impressive, having scored 22 goals in 42 internationals at a rate of one every 1.9 matches.

The gangly striker turns 35 in January, though, so safe to say that he can be effectively ruled out of the running to surpass Rooney.

Who next? Well, it could well be Danny Welbeck. The Arsenal striker was top of the charts when it came to the European Qualifiers with six in five games until injury broke his stride. At present, he has 14 in 33 at a rate of a goal every 2.3 games.

Not yet 25 and with his athletic nature, he is likely to still have 10 years ahead of him on the international stage, providing form and injuries don't take their toll, and could stand an outside chance at coming close to Rooney's record.

Harry Kane, on the other hand, is a baby when it comes to international caps, but with 3 goals in 4 games could certainly pose as a possibility to emulating Rooney. The man himself mentioned Kane and fellow Scouser Ross Barkley as contenders for his crown, though the suggestion of the latter must have come down to nervousness in front of the cameras because, realistically, Barkley is going to get nowhere near 50 goals from an attacking midfield position.

There may be competition from future faces, and perhaps even those on the fringes of the squads such as Saido Berahino, but it is far too early to speculate.

With Welbeck not playing regularly for his club, despite being a favourite of Hodgson's, coupled with his tendency to play on the wing when he does appear on club duty, it would take a brave or foolish man to bet on him getting past the half century for England, let alone Harry Kane who, as mentioned, is just four appearances into his undetermined international career.

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