Shearer: I hope Rooney doesn't break my record
The former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United talisman tops the all-time leaderboard with 260 top-flight strikes from 1992-2006, ahead of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole (187) and current one Rooney (181).
I think he will definitely break the England record but I hope he doesn't pass mine. I enjoy that one
And Shearer believes that if the United captain stays fit for the remainder of his career, he has time on his side to take top spot - not that he's keen to see it happen.
Speaking in an exclusive One-on-One interview in the February 2015 issue of FourFourTwo, the 44-year-old says:
"I think he will definitely break the England record but I hope he doesn't pass mine. I enjoy that one.
"He could do it, though, if he stays fit, and I guess it depends on where managers decide to play him in their teams.
"I'm a huge Rooney fan. He's only 29, isn't he? So yes, he might."
Read the full interview with Alan Shearer in the February 2015 issue of FourFourTwo, which hails the globe's finest 23 players under 23 and features exclusive chats with Ross Barkley, Mario Gotze, Koke, Antoine Griezmann, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Aymeric Laporte and Ryan Gauld. Plus, FFT speaks to Slaven Bilic, meets the joint-managers with a difference at Whitstable Town and asks Adebayo Akinfenwa some silly questions. Available from Wednesday January 7.