Roy Hodgson has labelled Wayne Rooney‘s goalscoring record for England as “incredible” ahead of his side’s fixture against Switzerland on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record of 49 goals on Saturday with a 13th minute penalty against bottom-placed San Marino.
Rooney now has the opportunity to reach 50 international goals and eclipse Charlton’s record when England host Switzerland.
Speaking about Rooney’s achievements, Hodgson was quick to praise the 29-year-old.
“Wayne’s record is quite incredible – at 29 with 107 caps. As his manager, I say he can play for a lot longer so goodness knows how many goals he can get in future,” he said.
“I can be patient but I would like it to happen against Switzerland and then we can have press conferences about other things than the pressure he feels under. It is going to happen so for Wayne’s sake I guess the sooner the better.
“His record speaks for itself. Comparisons aren’t always a good thing, especially from different eras. Good players are good players whether they are from 1950 or 2020.
“But I never get the impression watching him that he is playing for goals or headlines. I sense he is trying to help team win. If that means staying out from penalty area or tracking back then that is what this man does. That is why we appreciate him and that is why he is captain.”
It is only a matter of time until Rooney manages to make history by scoring his 50th international goal, and what an achievement it will be. Regardless of him dividing opinion amongst Manchester United fans, there is no doubting Rooney’s quality and contribution to the game.
If Man United are to compete for titles this term, supporters will hope that Rooney’s international achievements give him the confidence to kick on domestically under Louis van Gaal. Rooney has been a prolific striker for much of his time at United, and if the club is to compete on all fronts this term, a resurgence in form would go a long way in bridging the gap between them and their title rivals.