Rooney: International career pointless without trophies

The 27-year-old faces Brazil this weekend as the FA continue their 150th anniversary celebrations, and the striker only has eyes on big prizes on the biggest stage
England striker Wayne Rooney says he would consider his international career as "pointless" if he fails to win a trophy.

The 27-year-old is 14 goals shy of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for the Three Lions, currently sitting in sixth place on 35 strikes in 81 appearances.

But the Manchester United forward is not concerned with personal achievements, and has instead set his sights on glory at the 2014 World Cup.

"Some people talk about records, but I'm not really too fussed," Rooney told Sport magazine. "I've always felt that, to be successful, you have to win trophies.

"I could end my career with England being record goalscorer and maybe even record caps-holder, but if you're not going to be successful, then it's pointless.

"That's what I play for England for: to try and help England be successful. That's the aim. It's not to see how many caps or goals I can get - it's to see if I can get a winner's medal."

England face Brazil at the revamped Maracana on Sunday as the Football Association continue their 150th anniversary celebrations against the upcoming World Cup hosts.

Rooney believes the match will put them in good stead for the rest of the qualifying campaign, and expects no less than four wins from the remaining group games ahead of next summer's tournament.

"I'm sure the stadium will be full and it will be an amazing atmosphere," he added. "You watch the South American games on TV and it looks brilliant, so it will be a great experience for us. I can't wait.

"I think [recent form] could be a little bit better. If we could've turned one or two of those draws into wins, we'd be in a great position.

"But they're tough games: Poland, Ukraine and then the last game away against Montenegro was obviously a tough game. But if we win our next four, then we qualify top of the group. So it's down to us, really."