Rooney wants to boost goals tally

The Bolton News: Wayne Rooney insists England cannot take San Marino 'too lightly' Wayne Rooney insists England cannot take San Marino 'too lightly'

Stand-in captain Wayne Rooney has his sights on becoming one of England's top five goalscorers when Roy Hodgson's side tackle minnows San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Rooney is currently on 29 goals for his country as he prepares for his first international appearance since the Euro 2012 finals. Two more would lift him into fifth spot and above Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney, who have all netted 30 times for England.

Rooney said: "People have mentioned I will get into the top five (goalscorers) if I get a couple more and that would be great. Obviously, the result is more important but it's an opportunity for us to try and get a few goals.

"We have to make sure we don't take them too lightly and we don't relax during the game. We have to forget they are ranked 207th, focus on ourselves, try and play the football we've been trying to do.

"We've seen a couple of things (about San Marino) and to be honest there is a great chance for us to win the game and score goals. We've seen lower league teams knocking big teams out of cup competitions and we need to stay focused - but we expect ourselves to win."

England cannot afford any more slip-ups after dropping two points in the home game with Ukraine, but Rooney said: "I don't look upon it as having ground to make up after the draw with Ukraine.

"I think in the end it turned out a good point. There are three teams on four points and the group is tight.

"Six points from the next two games will be great. That is the plan.

"We all know we are expected to win tomorrow and then we have a really tough game in Poland.

"We need to be at our best to get the three points over there."

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