Calm down, Wayne: the top 10 international scorers of all time (includes Stern John)
Wayne Rooney is one goal away from equalling Bobby Charlton’s record haul of 49 net-ripplers to become England’s top marksman, ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Saturday evening. But the Manchester United man isn’t even the top Premier League striker on the list...
10) Stern John, Trinidad and Tobago (115 caps, 70 goals)
John last turned out in England for Solihull Moors in the Conference North. He had 16 clubs in 18 seasons and often featured in sentences alongside banjos and barn doors. He also scored 70 goals in 115 internationals for Trinidad and Tobago from 1995-2012. His 12 World Cup qualifying goals, including two against Mexico in a decisive third-round game, helped his country qualify for the 2006 finals in Germany. He almost scored in the finals, but his injury-time effort against England was ruled out for offside.
9) Majed Abdullah, Saudi Arabia (147 caps, 71 goals)
Abdullah burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old, scoring seven goals in three games against Russia, Bulgaria and Iran in a 1977 junior tournament. He netted twice on his debut for the senior Saudi team and managed 71 goals in 147 games between 1977 and 1994. At the 1984 Olympic Games he scored against a Brazil side containing a young Dunga. Four years later, he helped Saudi Arabia draw with Argentina in the Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup. Later that year, Majed rubbed salt into England’s post Euro-1988 wounds (below).
8) Miroslav Klose, Germany (137 caps, 71 goals)
Scored on his international debut, headed five goals in the 2002 World Cup finals (a record for headers) and in his penultimate World Cup match, broke Ronaldo’s record as Germany smashed Brazil 7-1. At the end of his last appearance, he held up the World Cup at his fourth attempt. Between 2001 and 2014, Klose scored 71 goals from 137 internationals. Klose scored his 50th goal to kick-start Germany’s 2010 World Cup demolition of England. The next game, the quarter-final, was his 100th for Germany and Klose scored twice as Die Mannschaft thrashed Argentina 4-0. He nearly didn’t play for Germany at all, though: Klose was born in Poland to German parents, and couldn’t speak German when he first arrived in the country.
7) Bashar Abdullah, Kuwait (133 caps, 75 goals)
No relation to Majed; Part of the Kuwait team that won two Gulf Cups and reached the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup, Bashar scored 75 goals in 133 games between 1996 and 2007. In 2000 he scored eight times in Kuwait’s 20-0 victory over Bhutan. Four days later, Bashar put five past Nepal, and in the early 2000s regularly terrorised the likes of Singapore, Palestine and Uzbekistan.