Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could set an unbreakable England record, says Michael Owen

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The England captain is on course to beat Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing record and has plenty of years left to surpass it.

Michael Owen has the told The Telegraph that Wayne Rooney could set an unbreakable England goal-scoring record in the coming years.

The England captain is currently on course to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49 goals, which has stood for more than 40 years, and is just two short of that long-standing record.

He has already surpassed the likes of Jimmy Greaves and Owen himself on the goal scoring records for his country and is just one behind second-placed Gary Lineker, and Owen believes Rooney will go on scoring for some time for his country.

“Wayne has been the top England striker for a long time now,” he said.

“Inevitably, with his quality he will continue to score goals and probably set a target that’s not impossible to catch, but it would certainly take a good ’un to beat it.”

The Manchester United captain is currently the undisputed centre forward in Roy Hodgson’s side, with there being very little competition for his place in the side.

Daniel Sturridge has been the closest to rivalling the forward, but doubts remain over his long-term fitness after missing most of last season with a series of injuries, while Harry Kane is still only young.

And Owen believes it is that lack of competition, which will see Rooney last for a long-time.

“I don’t think Wayne has got that much competition at the moment, either,” he added.

Obviously Daniel Sturridge, if he is fit and firing, then he’d be a starter, and that might alter Wayne’s position but there is not a lot below that. I just don’t see him being ousted from the team for a long time.”

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