Birtles believes it is Rooneyâs ability to score a variety of goals â just like Sir Bobby Charlton â that has put him in sight of the 1966 World Cup winning legend.
âWith his age and ability, he is the one player who can break the record,â he told the Manchester Evening News. âMichael Owen should have broken it, but that wasnât his fault â that was the previous managerâs.
âAlan Shearer was a striker who thrived on service in and around the box â but Wayne Rooney has got every goal in the book.
âHeâs got everything from the extravagant to the tap-in. Maybe the others didnât have that, which is why Bobby Charltonâs record has stood for so long.
âHe was the same. He scored from long range, free kicks, headers. He had every goal going as well.â