Roy issues Rooney challenge

29 March 2015 04:58:26 EST
Wayne Rooney.

England boss Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney must deliver at a major tournament if he is to be remembered as a Three Lions great.

The Manchester United striker needs three more goals to beat Sir Bobby Charlton's national scoring record of 49.

Rooney has competed in five major finals with England but has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals stage of a big event, while Charlton was a member of the side who won the World Cup in 1966.

"To do it, a player would have to be very successful at a European Championship or World Cup as Bobby Charlton was," Hodgson is quoted as saying by the BBC.

"People would argue Bobby was England's best ever player - there wouldn't be many of my age who would have him outside the top three."

"If Wayne can break into that in the future when he stops playing, then that is fantastic for him.

"Bobby Charlton, for me, is up there on a pedestal and it will take time for any of the modern-day players to get up to that level."

England, who have won all five of their Euro 2016 qualifying Group E games to date, are 1/1 to win Euro 2016 outright, while world champions Germany are available at 1/1.

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