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Rooney under no pressure to break England goalscoring record, says Hodgson

12:47 PM GMT+4 10/10/2014
Wayne Rooney | England 5-0 San Marino | Euro 2016 qualifying | Wembley Stadium
The Manchester United captain scored his 42nd international goal in the Three Lions' 5-0 win over San Marino on Thursday and has been backed by his manager to score even more

England manager Roy Hodgson has played down the pressure surrounding Wayne Rooney as he edges closer to becoming his country's record scorer.

Manchester United forward Rooney claimed his 42nd international goal on Thursday as England eased to a 5-0 victory over San Marino at Wembley in their latest Euro 2016 qualifier.

Rooney, who turns 29 later this month, is now just seven goals short of the England record held by Bobby Charlton.

Hodgson expects his captain to surpass Charlton's mark of 49 and played down the fact Rooney missed a number of chances to add to his tally against San Marino.

"The record won’t play on Wayne's mind," said Hodgson.

"We'd like to think, with the way he is and the footballer he is, he's got a good few years in him yet.

"There are plenty of games left. I don't think we should put any pressure on him to reach targets early."

Rooney will have the opportunity to move closer still to Charlton when England, seeking a third win from as many games in Group E, face Estonia in Tallinn on Sunday.

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