England striker Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is disappointed not to have hit the 50-cap mark already.
Rooney will win his 47th England cap tomorrow in the World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan. As he has not yet celebrated his 23rd birthday, it is a remarkable achievement and could mean he will become the youngest player to reach the half-century mark in a yet-to-be-confirmed friendly in February.
Yet the Manchester United man feels he should have had more. Injury and suspension have cost a few appearances, as did the failure to reach Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren.
So, in a sense, Rooney will run out at Wembley tomorrow feeling he has to make up for lost time.
“I am quite disappointed with my caps total,” he said.
“I have missed games through suspension and injury when, if all had gone well, I might have had 60.
“I definitely feel I should have more than my current total.”
Not that Rooney is too interested in personal accolades.
He could not exactly be described as content in the background as Cristiano Ronaldo starts to pick up his various world player of the year awards. But given the choice of individual honours or team achievement, Rooney would choose the latter every time.
“It is right people like Cristiano and Lionel Messi should be up for these awards and hopefully I can get there one day,” said Rooney.
“If I keep working and keep progressing, I would like to think I could at any rate. But it is not about me, it is about the team.
“I would rather win a trophy with the team than anything personal. I have always felt like that.”