Gary Lineker believes Wayne Rooney can go above and beyond record

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In a week that England became the first team to secure qualification for the European Championships in France next summer, the achievement was somewhat overshadowed by Wayne Rooney claiming the all-time England goalscoring record with his 50th goal.

Netting from the spot late on in the Three Lions' clash with Switzerland, Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's previous record of 49 goals and moved even further ahead of Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves and Michael Owen, whom round off England's top five goalscoring marksmen. 

Lineker was one of many to pass on his congratulations to the 29-year-old Manchester United striker, and has since revealed what he thinks Rooney is capable of, reports BBC Sport.


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"It's going to be a long time before anyone gets close to Wayne. He's still going so could take it to 60 or 70 if he maintains his fitness," the Match of the Day host said.

"Wayne does not reach 30-years-old until next month and there's no one behind him in the team with any kind of goals tally."

Lineker, once England's main man, laid claim to his own place as an England great when he took home the Golden Boot from the 1990 Italy World Cup, during which he and the likes of Paul Gascoigne reached the semi-finals, representing England's best opportunity to win a major tournament since the World Cup triumph of 1966.

However, Lineker admits that even though Rooney has arguably failed to deliver on the big stage, he is still a better player all-round player than he was in his prime.

"Wayne is quite creative and has a better all-round game than me," the now-football pundit continued.

Despite the record that he has achieved, Rooney insists that he wants to continue to work hard for his position and continue to score goals.

"There are a lot of young lads in this team and I don't want to give my place up," the England captain said.

"I train every day as if my place is on the line and I have always done that throughout my career".

"I come and work harder every time and I want to make it hard for the manager to leave me out over the next couple of years. You have to fear for your place".

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