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Rooney targets Charlton's record

Rooney reveals that missing out Euro 2008 is driving England forward

Wayne Rooney says he has set his sights on breaking Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record after his double against Andorra on Wednesday.

The Manchester United striker moved on to 24 goals for his country as England enjoyed a 6-0 rout of Andorra.

It moved him level on goals with Geoff Hurst, but Rooney says he is now after Charlton's long-standing record of 49.

"If I could beat Charlton's record, it would be a great achievement and I do have that record in mind," said Rooney.

Rooney's two goals at Wembley marked a fine international season for the 23-year-old as England moved a step closer to achieving World Cup qualification.


His tally of 10 goals in the past seven internationals was the most in a season by an England player since Gary Lineker in 1990-91.

Lineker is another player who Rooney has in his sights, with the former Leicester, Everton and Tottenham striker second on England's goalscoring list with 48.

Rooney's goals also mark a fine turnaround in fortunes for the revitalised striker, who experienced a frustrating time before Capello's arrival.

He has scored 10 goals in 12 games under Capello, while it took him 28 games to achieve the same total under previous managers Steve McClaren and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"I have been delighted with the way the scoring has gone for me in the last few games and this has been my best season with England," said Rooney.

Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton: 49
Gary Lineker: 48
Jimmy Greaves: 44
Michael Owen: 40
Tom Finney: 30
Nat Lofthouse: 30
Alan Shearer: 30
Viv Woodward: 29
Steve Bloomer: 28
David Platt: 27
Bryan Robson: 26
Geoff Hurst: 24
Wayne Rooney: 24

"But we have played well as a team, which is the most important thing, and I have always said that I have never based my game on goals alone.

"I love playing and getting on the ball and getting involved in the game and I am doing that - with the goals coming on top of that as well.

"Hopefully the goals will continue but we are performing as a team and I believe we have one foot in the World Cup finals now."

Another player who has been revitalised under Capello is LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham.

Beckham's England career looked dead and buried under McClaren, but the former Manchester United star now looks certain to be included in Capello's World Cup squad if they qualify.

Earlier this season Beckham broke Bobby Moore's England record for an outfield player of 108 appearances.

Having moved onto 112 caps he now has former keeper Peter Shilton's all-time England record of 125 in his sights, but the 34-year-old says he is more concerned about ensuring the rejuvenated team secures World Cup qualification.

England are 10 points clear of both Ukraine and Croatia and need a maximum of four points from their final three games to book their place in South Africa.

"We've got to be careful," said Beckham.

"We've won seven games, we've put in seven good performances, but we're not a team that gets carried away and we're not a squad that gets carried away. We can't afford to.

"At the end of the day, we want to qualify. That's the goal. Once we qualify, then we see what happens in the competition."

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England 6-0 Andorra
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England v Andorra photos
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England v Andorra as it happened
10 Jun 09 |  Internationals
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