England captain Harry Kane is keen on breaking Wayne Rooney’s all-time England goal-scoring record at the Qatar World Cup.
Kane’s 51 goals from 75 appearances for England mean he is just two behind Rooney’s total of 53 goals and if England are to have a chance of glory in this World Cup finals, he will probably need to break the record over the next month.
“Hopefully I’ll break it as soon as possible,” Kane told the press on the eve of England’s opening game against Iran.
“I know it’s there and I know people will talk about it, but I like to just focus on my game. I know that with the team we have, we will create chances and I just need to be ready for the ones that come my way,” he added.
Kane made his international debut when he replaced Rooney in March 2015 in a game against Lithuania, marking his debut with a goal just 78 seconds after getting into the action. The 29-year-old won the Golden Boot in Russia in 2018 after scoring six goals as England reached the semifinals.
“I was lucky enough to play with Wayne and he was a huge player, who I looked up to. I watched him play in the major tournaments and it’s a huge honor to be close to him,” commented Kane, who admitted that at 29 these could be his last World Cup finals.
“I’m really looking forward to this one, we’ve got a really good blend of experience and youth. Who knows where I will be in four years or the team, so it’s about now,” he concluded.
Former Everton and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hit the headlines again in the United States after another outrageous long-range goal from his own half for DC United in their MLS win over Orlando City.
Rooney has starred for the MLS outfit since making the switch from Everton to the US after the end of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
The former Manchester United great bagged 12 goals in the 2018 MLS season and has added another nine this year.
His latest was out of the top-drawer as he picked up possession inside his own half around 60 yards from goal following a few ricochets.
The former England international didn’t take a touch before launching an outstanding long-range shot over the opposition keeper who was off his line as the video below shows.
It’s not the first time Rooney has scored from around halfway.
The 33-year-old netted a similar goal back in 2014 for United in an away game at West Ham United before scoring from even further out for Everton at Goodison Park against the Hammers in 2017.
Wayne Rooney has admitted he would love to return to either Manchester United or Everton in a coaching role after finishing his playing career.
The former England star is currently plying his trade in USA’s MLS and still has over two years to run on his current DC United deal.
Rooney featured for United from 2004 to 2017 becoming a household name at Old Trafford before returning to his boyhood club Everton for the 2017/18 campaign.
While the striker does not see his return to the Premier League as a player, he did talk about his wish to re-join either United or Everton in the coming years.
“There’s Everton and Manchester United, either of those two would be nice,” Rooney said. “You love your family unconditionally. It’s like that with Everton.
“I have got two years after this year and then depending on how I feel at the end of it will determine if I keep playing or not. I will finish my career in the US and then see what offers come up.
“When I finish playing my aim is to go straight into coaching, at whatever level. We’ll see what opportunities come up.”
Former Manchester United captain and all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has backed Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to get the United managerial job on a permanent basis if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is overlooked.
United have won nine of the ten matches Solskjaer has overseen since Jose Mourinho in December.
And Rooney, who played alongside Solskjaer at Old Trafford, says his former team-mate deserves a shot at the position long-term, providing he keeps up his impressive start.
“It’d be nice to see Ole Gunnar continue with this form and get a shot at the job on a permanent basis,” Rooney said
“But if the club is to choose from somewhere else, then I think Pochettino would be the right guy.”
While the Norwegian has impressed key figures at Old Trafford and is reported to be very close with Sir Alex Fergusion , Tottenham boss Pochettino is still regarded as the club’s No1 choice.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made Pochettino his top choice manager after the work he did at Southampton and now at Tottenham and Spurs would fight tooth and nail to keep him.