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Rooney desperate for England success

May 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

Wayne Rooney believes becoming a record breaker with England will mean nothing unless the team is successful.

Wayne Rooney England v Ireland
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Rooney, who at the age of 27 has 35 England goals from 81 caps, is hotly tipped to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring tally of 49 while Peter Shilton's 125 appearances is a national team high.

England face a battle to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, and Rooney insists he wants to play for a team which is challenging for honours on the international stage.

"Some people talk about records, but I'm not really too fussed,'' Rooney told Sport magazine. "I've always felt that, to be successful, you have to win trophies.

"I could end my career with England being record goalscorer and maybe even record caps-holder, but if you're not going to be successful, then it's pointless.

"That's what I play for England for: to try and help England be successful. That's the aim. It's not to see how many caps or goals I can get - it's to see if I can get a winner's medal.''

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