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Centurion Rooney wants England winner's medal

Wayne Rooney is about to enter an illustrious club of centurions, but does not think he can be regarded as an England great until he wins a tournament with the national side.

Rooney will become just the ninth England player to reach 100 caps on Saturday when he leads the team out for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley.

Of the eight names currently on the list, only Sir Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore have achieved what Rooney has failed to do in his 11-year international career - lifting an international trophy.

Rooney may have five Premier League winner's medals to his name, but he is yet to win anything with England despite appearing for the Three Lions in five major tournaments.

So while he will be bursting with pride when he receives his 100th cap on Saturday, there will be a slight sense of disappointment and unfulfillment in the back of his mind when he reflects on his England career to date.

"To get 100 caps for England, there's not many players who have done it, would be a great achievement. I'll be proud to join that club and is something that myself and my family would be honoured by," the England captain said.

"But I could sit here saying I've got 200 caps and 100 goals for my country, but the ultimate is to win a trophy and that's what we all want to do.

"That's why we play football, to win. That's the target and hopefully sometime soon we can achieve that."

Rooney is closing in on another series of landmarks.

The Manchester United striker has his sights set on Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps and he is six goals short of Charlton's all-time scoring record.

To top the record of Charlton, who will present Rooney with a special golden cap before kick-off on Saturday, would be another proud moment for the striker.

But Rooney would still not feel comfortable being compared with the Manchester United and England hero unless he matched Charlton's achievements in the international arena.


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