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Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney “underachieved” and “did not achieve his full potential” in his illustrious playing career.
That is according to former Chelsea player Jason Cundy, who has backed Harry Kane to “breeze” past Rooney’s goalscoring record for England.
Rooney enjoyed a remarkable playing career at Old Trafford and lifted five Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Europa League, an FA Cup and three League Cups with United.
The 35-year-old former striker surpassed the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton to become United’s all-time record goalscorer before his exit from the club in 2017.
Rooney, who is England’s second most capped player in history behind Peter Shilton, also overtook Charlton to become the Three Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer.
However, Cundy has now claimed that it isn’t “harsh” to suggest the former England captain failed to maximise his full potential.
The 51-year-old pundit added that Rooney’s 53-goalscoring tally for England should have been more towards “60, 70, maybe 80” goals.
Cundy told talkSPORT: “He underachieved. How on Earth can Harry Kane be within touching distance of Rooney? How can he get close? He’s going to overtake Rooney.
❌ “I don’t think Wayne Rooney reached his full potential for #MUFC or England.”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 8, 2021
🏴 “Rooney should be on 70 or 80 goals for #ENG. Kane will breeze passed him!”
Jason Cundy believes Harry Kane will ‘breeze’ passed Rooney’s England record. pic.twitter.com/ZcokKh2R2C
“He’s not a better player than Rooney, I just think Rooney did not achieve his full potential. Wayne Rooney should be on 60, 70, maybe 80 goals for England.
“Kane hasn’t played anywhere near the [amount of] games as Rooney, but he is going to breeze it.
“That record for [Sir] Bobby Charlton stood for 40 years and Wayne Rooney is only going to hold this record for five, six, seven years.
“Kane gets the absolute maximum out of his ability, Rooney, I don’t think has. It sounds harsh because of what he achieved in the game, but I don’t think it is that harsh. I genuinely believe that.”
Tottenham striker Kane has scored 40 times for England and is currently joint-fifth with Michael Owen in his country's goalscoring chart.