World Cup: Wayne Rooney out to boost England goal tally against San Marino
Last Updated: October 12, 2012 7:48am
Wayne Rooney: Looking for England to make the most of a home date with San Marino
Wayne Rooney acknowledges that a meeting with San Marino offers him an opportunity to add to his England goal return.
The Manchester United striker has netted on 29 previous occasions for his country, but has found the target just once in 2012 and four times in the last three years.
Should he be able to add another two to his international tally, he would edge ahead of Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney in England's goalscoring hall of fame.
Rooney, who will skipper the side in the absence of Steven Gerrard, appreciates that a 2014 World Cup qualifier against European minnows San Marino on Friday should provide him, and the Three Lions, with plenty of openings in the final third
He said: "People have mentioned I will get into the top five if I get a couple more and that would be great. Obviously, the result is more important but it's an opportunity for us to try and get a few goals.
"We have to make sure we don't take them too lightly and we don't relax during the game. We have to forget they are ranked 207th, focus on ourselves, try and play the football we've been trying to do.
"We've seen a couple of things (about San Marino) and to be honest there is a great chance for us to win the game and score goals.
"We've seen lower league teams knocking big teams out of cup competitions and we need to stay focused - but we expect ourselves to win."
England cannot afford any more wobbles on the road to Brazil, having already dropped two points in a home date with Ukraine, and Rooney admits Roy Hodgson's men are targeting back-to-backs wins in a double-header with San Marino and Poland.
He added: "I don't look upon it as having ground to make up after the draw with Ukraine.
"I think in the end it turned out a good point. There are three teams on four points and the group is tight.
"Six points from the next two games will be great. That is the plan.
"We all know we are expected to win tomorrow and then we have a really tough game in Poland. We need to be at our best to get the three points over there."