Wayne Rooney is England's top scorer, but he is no George Camsell

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The England goalscoring record may have gone, but the honour of being the most prolific striker to ever wear the white shirt rests with a former Middlesbrough man...

Now this is not an attack on Wayne Rooney - he is one of England's greatest, there is no getting away from that - he is England's top goalscorer of all time and his feat should, and will, be recognised for generations to come.

Therefore it is such a shame that England's most prolific striker is still largely unrecognised - but who am I talking about....

Sir Bobby Charlton - no, Jimmy Greaves - no, Nat Lofthouse - no, Dixie Dean - no, Stanley Matthews - no, Geoff Hurst - no, Gary Lineker - no, Michael Owen - no and as we have already learned, no not Wayne Rooney.

The man who has the record of England's most prolific front-man is George Camsell. His record is remarkable by any standards. Nine caps and 18 goals.

Camsell was no flash in the pan, and indeed if you have heard of him it is probably because he is one of the top-scorers of all time in English football.

His record of 345 goals, 325 of which came in the league, for Middlesbrough from 1925 to 1939 puts him fifth on the all time list. And for one glorious season he held the record for most goals in a single campaign, 59 - before the following season his record was beaten by one goal by Everton legend Dixie Dean.

After this Dean sent a telegram to Camsell, commiserating with him but also revealing he has been given a watch to mark his achievement, but he asked what the Boro man got for his success the previous season but replied: “Nothing and rightly so.”

Ironically Camsell went on to replace Dean in the England side, at which point he fired his way into the record books scoring in every single one of his nine games for his country as he scored against Belgium (twice), Austria, Germany, France (twice), Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

And it is his England record that should really see him heralded, well at least talked about - but where are the Camsell honours?

It should really start at Middlesbrough, who proudly boast two of England's finest in statues outside their Riverside Stadium in the shape of Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick - but their team-mate Camsell is nowhere to be seen.

And England's hall of fame - surely England's most prolific striker deserves a place?  But not according to the powers that be.

So whilst everyone is toasting Rooney and arguing whether he is better than messrs Charlton, Lineker et al - just give a little thought to the man who can say he is the best - George Camsell.

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