Thursday 26 April 2012

Shearer backs Rooney to challenge goal record

Legendary striker believes Man Utd star could get close to his 260 Premier League goals

Alan Shearer has tipped Wayne Rooney to challenge his record Premier League goal tally

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Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says he believes Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could challenge his record goal mark one day.

Shearer notched 260 goals in the Premier League before retiring in 2006, with Andrew Cole the second-top goalscorer on 187.

"If Wayne steers clear of serious injuries, he's got a chance of 260"
- Alan Shearer

Rooney, 26, has 143, and Shearer says the England striker is the player most likely to be able to get close to his phenomenal tally.

"I really think Wayne could challenge that 260-goal mark," Shearer told a BBC Radio 5 live programme celebrating the Premier League's 20 Seasons Awards on Wednesday.

"If he continues in the rich goalscoring form he's in right now, I think he'll get close.

"Wayne hasn't always looked like a natural goalscorer, but then I struggled for regular goals in the first few years of my career too, and he's still only 26.

"If he can steer clear of serious injuries - I had three which cost me more than two years of my career - for the next few years, he's definitely got a chance."

20 Seasons Awards

Shearer and Rooney are contenders to be named in the all-time Premier League Fantasy Team of the last 20 years, with both men among the 10 nominated strikers.

The greatest players, managers and moments from the past 20 years will all be acknowledged in the 20 Seasons Awards, with five to be decided by a public vote and six by a panel of experts.

Fans will help decide who wins the awards for Best Goal, Best Match, Best Save and Best Celebration, and you can also come up with your all-time Premier League Fantasy Team from a shortlist of 80 players.

A panel of leading football figures, journalists and commentators will decide who wins the Best Player, Best Manager, Best Team, Best Season and Most Memorable Quote categories, as well as helping to pick the final Fantasy Team.

The 41-year-old Shearer is also up for Best Player, but he believes that particular prize should go to one of two Manchester United legends.

"I'm delighted to be on the list of course, and it was a great privilege to play with and against so many great players in the Premier League," added Shearer.

"It's a tough question to answer, about the Best Player in Premier League history, but to my mind it would have to be a choice of two men: Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.

"I've got to say, Scholes is the best player I've played with and against; he's got absolutely everything that a midfielder needs.

"Playing with him for England, you knew that when you made a run, the ball was going to come at you with precision nine times out of 10, and there's not many players who can do that."

Fans can submit selections in the 20 Seasons Awards public vote categories through a specially-designed microsite on premierleague.com, which is live until Monday 30th April.

A number of the winners will be honoured at a special presentation ceremony on Tuesday 15th May.

VOTE NOW IN THE 20 SEASONS AWARDS

LISTEN TO THE BBC RADIO 5 LIVE PROGRAMME ON THE 20 SEASONS AWARDS

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Key Points

  • Shearer backs Rooney to challenge his Premier League goal record of 260
  • Premier League is celebrating anniversary with 20 Seasons Awards
  • You can vote for Best Goal, Match, Save & Celebration, and pick a Fantasy Team