Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney says he will concentrate on helping England get the point that will see them qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup instead of chasing caps landmark.
The 30-year-old will become the most capped outfield player for the Three Lions when he leads out his country against Slovakia on Sunday in Sam Allardyce’s first game as England boss.
Rooney is already his country’s top scorer with 53 but insists that he is more concerned about gaining three points for England in Trnava as they kick-off the World Cup qualifying series.
“It is always an honour to represent your country, so to become the player with the second-highest number of caps is great,” said the 30-year-old, who will move clear of David Beckham and nine caps behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
“But [it] is about the team. I am sure one day in the future I will look back, but right now I am looking forward and that is all I am focused on.
“I have said many times I am proud to play for England and have been since I got in the team. But it is the start of a new qualification campaign so it is important that we get off to a good start.
“I think it will be a tough game because Slovakia are well-organised and will try to hit us on the break. Marek Hamsik and Robert Mak are real threats – two players who can hurt you if you give them space.
“We will have to be at our best to win.”