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I’d Swap Goals Record For Trophy, Says Rooney

Wayne Rooney said he would swap all his record-equalling 49 England goals to have won a major tournament with his country. Rooney, 29, drew level with Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of England’s all-time scoring charts when he scored a first-half penalty in Saturday’s 6-0 win over San Marino.

But whereas Charlton, who retired from international football in 1970, was a World Cup winner in 1966, the Manchester United captain has never reached the last four of either the World Cup or a European Championship. And it is his major regret of his international career.

“It’s a proud moment to equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s record, but it’s a team game and I’m in it to win trophies as a team. “I would swap all the goals I’ve scored to be successful as a team with England by winning the European Championships or World Cup,” Rooney told ITV.

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