England captain Wayne Rooney insists he will never retire from international football.
Rooney has another chance to rewrite the history books on Tuesday when Wembley hosts England’s latest Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.
The England skipper equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record with his 49th goal against San Marino on Saturday and given that he has scored nine in his last 11 games for England, there is a good chance he will bring up his 50 against the Swiss.
Eleven years after he opened his England scoring account with a strike against Macedonia, Rooney still has just as much enthusiasm about playing for his country.
And for that reason, he does not have any plans when it comes to ending his England career – he will leave that to someone else.
“I won’t be one to say I’m not available for selection,” the Manchester United forward said.
“I’m sure it’ll probably be the manager’s choice more than mine. It’s a huge honour to play for England.”
With England now qualified for Euro 2016, Rooney will feature for the Three Lions at his sixth major tournament next summer although there is no reason to believe he will carry on playing beyond the World Cup that follows in Russia two years later.
He said: “I feel I’m capable of going to Russia. After that, it may be a realistic time to see how I feel and if I feel it’s not right for England or myself, I’ll have a decision to make.
“Or the manager would have a decision to make. If I feel I can carry on, I’ll try. But if the manager says he doesn’t feel I’m in his plans for the next tournament, it’s probably better I don’t play in the qualifying games because I won’t be going to the tournament.”
Rooney’s wife Coleen travelled to Serravalle to watch her husband play 58 minutes of the 6-0 win and the couple’s five-year-old son Kai was there too.
The latter will not be there on Tuesday – and neither will Charlton – but the tape of the former Everton striker breaking the record will be watched again and again over the coming years in the Rooney household regardless of where it happens.
“My eldest lad Kai is starting to get into football a lot and he is wanting to go to a lot of games. Unfortunately he can’t go (tonight) because of school,” Rooney said.
“It would mean a lot to them, to my wife and my parents and for my children when they have grown up to see my achievements.”
A point will be enough for England to win the group with two matches to spare.
Michael Carrick pulled out of the squad on Monday with a calf problem.
England manager Roy Hodgson said: ”We don’t believe it’s that serious. It’s quite strange. It came out of nowhere, almost.
”It was at the start of a warm-up in San Marino. He felt something very, very small, very, very slight.
”He had a preliminary type of scan with our doctors and they decided there’s something there.”