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Sir Bobby Charlton:
Manchester United - 249 goals
England - 49 goals

Wayne Rooney:
Manchester United - 212 goals
England - 38 goals

25/03/2014 09:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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Sir Bobby backs Rooney

Sir Bobby Charlton is backing Wayne Rooney's bid to overtake his long-standing goal records for Manchester United and England.

The club ambassador revealed to United Review that he has spoken to the no.10 and urged him to reach the landmark at United soon because it will mean the Reds are being successful. Rooney's double at West Ham means only Sir Bobby and Denis Law are now ahead of him in the overall scoring charts after he overtook Jack Rowley in third place.

"I have said before I have no problem with Wayne Rooney breaking my goalscoring record here and for England," said Charlton. "Not at all. Actually, I told him to do it as quickly as he could! He’s a great striker and a great player – as hard as nails too.

"I didn’t really think about the record – remember I played on the wing and in midfield as well – but I’ve already said to him that I expect I’ll be the one who has to present him with any award so he needs to make sure he does it!"

Rooney confirmed having a chat with Sir Bobby about the situation and is aware of the significance of being in with a chance of rewriting the record books.

"He did have a word, yes, and it was obviously very nice of him," Rooney informed Inside United. "I'm just focusing on trying to score goals. If it comes, it will be a great achievement and such an honour for both England and United.

"The record he has got is amazing and it has stood for so long that it would be great to do it. It's still a long way away but hopefully, one day, it will happen and it will be great if it does."

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