Wayne Rooney has backed Harry Kane to overtake him as England’s leading marksman in the next ‘two or three years’.
Manchester United legend Rooney scored 53 goals in an England shirt, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s previous tally of 49.
However, Rooney expects the Tottenham striker, who already has 26 goals in 41 appearances for his country, to pass him sooner rather than later.
“I never take goals for granted, I love scoring them. Once I got to 35 for England, I could feel the record getting close,” he told the Wayne Rooney Podcast.
“I don’t think it’ll stand for 50 years like Bobby Charlton’s, I think Harry Kane, possibly the next two or three years will… He’s a fantastic goalscorer and his record for England is fantastic.
“When I got the record and then went back for my last game I said it would be an honour to go and present him like Bobby Charlton presented me with the golden boot and I’m sure it won’t be before too long.”
Rooney, coming to the end of his time with DC United before a return to England with Derby, has been enjoying watching Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions sweep all before them in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Southgate appears capable of turning potential into prizes, something Rooney’s ‘Golden Generation’ was unable to do.
However, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer believes that had someone like current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola managed that squad, things could have been different.
TOP 10 ENGLAND RECORD GOALSCORERS
10. Frank Lampard – 29
9. Vivian Woodward – 29
8. Sir Tom Finney – 30
7. Alan Shearer – 30
6. Nat Lofthouse – 30
5. Michael Owen – 40
4. Jimmy Greaves – 44
3. Gary Lineker – 48
2. Sir Bobby Charlton – 49
1. Wayne Rooney – 53
“I watch them (England) with excitement and happiness when they are winning,” he said.
“You look at our team 10 yeas ago and arguably we had the best group of players in world football.
“Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, (Steven) Gerrard, (Paul) Scholes, (Frank) Lampard, (David) Beckham, myself, Michael Owen – our team then, if we had a Guardiola with that group of players, we’d have won everything, no doubt about it.”