England record-breaker Wayne Rooney says winning a trophy with his country would be better than any individual accolade.
The Manchester United marksman broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s international goalscoring record by notching his 50th strike for England against Switzerland last month.
Without downplaying that achievement, the 29-year-old has stressed that winning a World Cup or a European Championships would mean so much more.
“I would be lying if I were to say that breaking records and making history for doing so was not something that I feel very proud of doing,” England captain Rooney said on his official website.
“But if I could win a major trophy with England, like Sir Bobby Charlton and his team mates did, then that would be the ultimate.”
The former Everton striker, who is also just 14 behind Charlton’s record total of 249 goals for the Red Devils, is dreaming of being able to look back on a moment of glory for England when he retires.
“Later on when my career has come to an end and I’m sitting reminiscing with our grandkids, it would be wonderful if I still was the player who has scored the most goals for his country and with a bit of luck also for my club. A trophy as well would be incredible,” he added.
“I’ve always seen myself as a team player and felt that the achievements of the team are always more important than individual honours and records.
“I know that’s not always the natural thoughts of a so-called striker, but to me the most important aspect of the game is being part of the team and winning and losing together.”