Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has briefly spoken about the possibility of Wayne Rooney beating Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record.
Speaking ahead of England’s match with San Marino, the midfielder admitted that the national team have been too preoccupied with training to be worried about such things, although he reckons Rooney can do it.
“It’s almost gone under the radar within the camp really, our main focus has been the team and the San Marino game and then the game on Tuesday,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
“I wouldn’t put it past him to break it on Saturday.
“Whenever he makes that achievement he has been an amazing player for England for so many years.”
Rooney currently has 48 goals to his name for England and only needs two more to break the record – a feat more than possible against European minnows, San Marino. However, like any professional, the Ox is focussed on the match itself, rather than personal accolades within the squad.
The match on Saturday will be the 22-year-old’s 21st competitive appearance for England and with a decent record against the Italian team, he’ll be looking to get a start and have a successful match.
The youngster, who has spoken about wanting to play more centrally probably looks up to Rooney as an older version of himself and as one of the top dogs in the England camp. Hopefully he uses this to inspire himself rather than intimidate.