Belfast Telegraph

Rooney confident of breaking record soon

By Simon Peach

Wayne Rooney is hoping to put a frustrating start to the season behind him by finally usurping Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all-time leading goalscorer.

This evening's trip to the microstate of San Marino will be the 29-year-old's 106th international appearance and could see him enter the record books.

Without a competitive win in their history, the Euro 2016 qualifier against the side ranked 193rd in the world offers Rooney a wonderful opportunity to not only equal Charlton's 49-goal haul but surpass it.

"Obviously I am aware of it and it is important for me that I do it," said Rooney (pictured).

"I am sure I will break the record and it will be nice if I can do it tomorrow.

"It would be a really proud moment, but I think when it happens, it happens."

Rooney maintains a similar mentality when it comes to his own form.

"Obviously I have not got the goals that I wanted in the Premier League," he said. "Being a striker, you go through times when you don't score in all of the games, so hopefully I can start scoring for United after the international break."

Euro 2016 qualifiers: San Marino Stadium (5.00 pm)

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