England manager wants Manchester United star to lead 13-goal victory

England manager Roy Hodgson has pinpointed Wayne Rooney to score a large number of goals when his side face San Marino and Estonia in the Euro 2016 qualifies as he tips his captain to begin breaking records, Daily Star reports.

The 67-year-old is aiming to reach 13 goals over the course of their two matches with Rooney likely to play a big role after he is set to miss the next two matches for his club through suspension.

“If we can get, say, 13 more goals over the two games we will,” Hodgson said.

“And, of course, it would be good for Wayne’s confidence. Goals are goals.”

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The Manchester United and Three Lions star has already netted 41 times for his country and is well on his way to overtaking the nation’s third highest scorer Jimmy Greaves with 44.

“I hope he does it,” Hodgson added.

“I want him to score as many goals as possible.

“But I’m not going to go down the road of saying it’s all about goals. It’s all about victories.

“We scored 13 against San Marino last time but I don’t remember getting a great deal of praise or satisfaction about that.

“At the end of the day, I would take a much more sanguine approach.

“If we get the six points, the number of goals we score will be much less important than the points or the performances of the players.”

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