5 Current England Players Most Likely to Challenge Wayne Rooney's Goal-Scoring Record

Everton forward Wayne Rooney has retired from international football, but not before he managed to score an impressive 53 goals in 117 appearances for England. In 2015, Rooney broke the 49-goal record set by Sir Bobby Charlton and now, with a vacant hole in the front line of the England attack, it leaves an opportunity for a striker to come through and attempt to break that record. Here is a list of five players that could possibly challenge the record of Wayne Rooney... Tottenham Hotspur...

Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane is undoubtedly favourite to break the record currently held by Rooney - if anyone does in fact surpass the Everton striker.

Harry Kane finished last season in sublime form in front of goal and beat Romelu Lukaku to the Premier League Golden Boot award with a staggering 29 goals in the English top-flight.

Kane still has time on his side being only 24-years-old and his current form would unquestionably make him England's deadliest in and around the box. 

He currently has eight goals in 19 appearances for England, but that will certainly increase in the coming years.

Marcus Rashford

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has the world at his feet and the 19-year-old has already made a name for himself with his pace on the ball and his ability to beat defenders with ease.

Rashford is still many years away from his peak and still has a lot to learn on and off the pitch - he has earned himself nine caps for England and managed to bag himself a goal in that time.

If Rashford goes the way that all England fans are hoping he does, he will surely be up there in terms of goals and could challenge Wayne Rooney for that incredible achievement.

Dele Alli

Tottenham Hotspur man Dele Alli, despite operating from midfield, manages to get himself on the score sheet more often than not. He finished last year's campaign on 18 goals - a fantastic tally for any midfielder in today's game.

The 21-year-old is never short of confidence on the pitch and it shows in the way he handles himself against the opposition. 

Great service from his Tottenham teammates help him achieve his goals gets and a similar service in the England ranks will certainly get him goals on an international level.

Alli has scored two goals in 19 appearances for England.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling made a name for himself coming through the ranks at Liverpool as a youngster. His impressive form for the Reds earned him a big money move to Manchester City. 

However, already having appeared 32 times for England and only managing two goals, he could find it a little more difficult to reach the heights of Wayne Rooney.

If Sterling was able to work on his finishing and his confidence in front of goal, his tally would soon begin to rise and there would be a possibility of catching the Everton number 10.

Wildcard - Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has had a career riddled with injuries. He has spent much of his time on the sideline down to various injuries. However, a fully fit Sturridge and at the top of his game he's almost unstoppable.

The games in previous seasons that he has featured for Liverpool, he has looked one of the most dangerous men on the pitch. His confidence in front of goal and the ability he has with his favoured left-foot, makes for a deadly striker around the opponents penalty area.

He has eight goals in 25 appearances for England and if he's able to shake off his constant injuries, he could find himself chosen by Gareth Southgate to represent England on a regular basis. 

Although, he will find it tough to make the squad with the likes of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford ahead in the pecking order.

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