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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Joe Hart backs Wayne Rooney to beat England record ahead of Slovenia clash

England's Wayne Rooney, left, is substituted for Jamie Vardy. Three International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin
England's Wayne Rooney, left, is substituted for Jamie Vardy. Three International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v England. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is relishing being on the pitch when Wayne Rooney becomes the team’s record goalscorer.

Rooney is just two short of World Cup winner Bobby Charlton’s haul of 49 goals for England.

Sunday’s away clash with Slovenia offers the Manchester United striker another chance to claim a place in history, a week after England drew a blank in a dull Dublin draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The Euro 2016 qualifier is one that England are particularly eager to win, to nudge closer to next year’s finals in France.

And Rooney will again have a key role to play.

With the record tantalisingly close for Rooney, Hart said: “Wayne will get there, we all know that. He’s our captain, he’s our leader, he’s our talisman.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully being in the team when Wayne makes history.

“But right now he’s all about the team. Slovenia is definitely a tough game for us. They’re one of the teams that can realistically catch us in the group.”

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