England and Manchester United legend David Beckham has suggested that Wayne Rooney's time with England is far from coming to an end despite the 29-year-old breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's long standing goalscoring record against Switzerland on Tuesday night, in an interview with ITV Sport before the game.
Such records are often broken towards the end of a player's career, but given Rooney's age, he is at a point in his career which many footballers consider to be their peak.
And speaking before Rooney scored that 50th goal to become his country's top scorer, Beckham said that he thinks his former England teammate can play another five years of international football.
"He [Rooney] can continue for another five years," Beckham said on ITV Sport.
"I really hope he does because he’s such a talent. Everyone knows how much England means to him, so I believe he can play for another five years.
“I’m sure it’s up there with every trophy that he’s won because I know how much it means to Wayne to play for his country," Beckham added on the prospect of even drawing level with Chalrton.
"And to reach the heights of this and be up there with the name of Sir Bobby Charlton means so much."
Given how much Rooney has already achieved since breaking into football as a hugely promising 16-year-old at Everton, it may be the case that he doesn't surpass such achievements, but Beckham's point about the striker having at least five years is certainly not unexpected, with Rooney proving his versatility when Harry Kane emerged from the bench midway through the second half.
The skipper dropped deeper with the Spurs man leading the line instead, and it meant the United star saw more of the ball and could influence the match more.
Several managers at Old Trafford have played with Rooney operating in central midfield, something that could well become a genuine option as the player moves towards his mid-30s.
But considering Beckham himself earned 38 extra caps from the year he turned 30 and onwards, there's no telling how many more England games, and goals, Rooney has left in him.