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Three is the magic number: Wayne Rooney is just a hat-trick away from topping England’s all-time goal scorer chart

Forget Harry Kane, his England strike partner Wayne Rooney is within touching reach of becoming England's most prolific player in history

by Rob Dore | March 26, 2015

All eyes might be on debutant Harry Kane when England step out for their Euro 2016 Qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, but his slightly older and significantly balder strike partner is a hat-trick away from equaling Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record.

Wayne Rooney’s 46 goals currently leaves him third in the Three Lions goalscoring chart, two behind Gary Linekar (48) and three behind Bobby (49). Roy Hodgson’s team have two games coming up in the next five days, with a friendly with Italy on Tuesday following Friday’s qualifier.

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A hat-trick for Rooney against Lithuania would move him level with Charlton’s record, and although Wazza has never scored a hat-trick for the national side he’s 17/2 if you fancy him to take home the match ball. Since taking the captain’s armband for the first time against Norway in September, Rooney has scored six goals in six games for England, failing to find the net on just one occasion as captain away to Switzerland. That good form would explain why he is a super skinny 8/13 to score at any time on Friday night, and 13/5 to score two or more.

England’s win rate with Rooney in the side is an impressive 59.4 per cent, but more notably, the Three Lions have won 28 of the 36 games he has scored in – that’s a 78 per cent win rate if you haven’t got an abacus to hand. The 8/11 for Rooney to score at anytime and England to win looks like a fairly solid bet as Hodgson tries to continue his 100 per cent record in Group E.

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