Rooney has another five years with England - Beckham

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The former England captain has suggested that the Manchester United striker can continue to represent his country at the highest level, and praised the 29-year-old

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham believes England captain Wayne Rooney can continue representing the Three Lions for another five years.

Rooney has recently admitted he is aiming to be in the England side at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and suggested that he would never retire from the national team unless his body restricted him.

And Beckham, a former England team-mate, thinks Rooney has five more years at international level because of the affection the striker has for the national team.

"He [Rooney] can continue for another five years," Beckham told ITV Sport.

"I really hope he does because he’s such a talent. Everyone knows how much England means to him, so I believe he can play for another five years."

Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing England goalscoring record in the Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Switzerland on Tuesday and Beckham believes the striker will rank that achievment as high as every medal.

“I’m sure it’s up there with every trophy that he’s won because I know how much it means to Wayne to play for his country," Beckham added.

"And to reach the heights of this and be up there with the name of Sir Bobby Charlton means so much.

However, Beckham has suggested that England success at an international tournament would eclipse any goalscoring record.

"You talk about records, you talk about scoring goals. For Wayne, it’s all about winning things and if you win something with England it wouldn’t get any better than that," he concluded.