Rooney eyes full England captaincy

13 October 2012 11:47

Wayne Rooney wants to eventually become England's full-time captain and is dreaming of leading Roy Hodgson's side to trophy glory.

Rooney skippered his country in a competitive fixture for the first time in last night's 5-0 win over San Marino in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. It was a proud night for Rooney and he hopes he can become a successor to Steven Gerrard when he hangs up his boots.

"As a young player, your dream is to play for England and once you do actually play, the next step is to try and captain your country," he said. "I've done it now, it was a great honour and a great feeling, and hopefully one day in the future it can be full-time."

The Manchester United star netted twice to become England's fifth highest ever goalscorer with 31 after moving past Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer. Only record holder Bobby Charlton (49) Gary Lineker (48), Jimmy Greaves (44) and Michael Owen (40) are now ahead of Rooney in terms of goals for England.

He said: "It is a great feeling for me to be in the top five and to overtake some great players as well.

"I'm still only 26 with hopefully a lot more years of international football to come and hopefully I can get more goals."

Rooney accepts it will not be a disaster if England share the spoils in Tuesday's testing encounter with Poland in Warsaw although he insists they will be striving for a victory.

He said: "It will be tough but we will going there confident and hopefully we can get a victory.

"Nowadays there is no easy game in international football and sometimes a draw can be the point that takes you through the group.

"We want to go and try and get the three points but it may be we have to take a point there."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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