England's greatest goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton has backed Wayne Rooney to break his longstanding record.
New England captain Rooney is closing in on Charlton's international tally of 49 having scored for England for the 41st time against Norway last week.
Rooney is now the country's fourth-highest goalscorer with only Charlton, Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44) ahead of him.
Charlton, 76, could also see his record Manchester United mark of 249 beaten by the club's current skipper Rooney, who has netted 217 times for the Old Trafford club.
Switzerland vs England key confrontations
Switzerland vs England key confrontations
1/3 RICARDO RODRIGUEZ v RAHEEM STERLING
Sterling is shining with both club and country right now. An explosive, pacy, attacking force, he was named man of the match in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Tottenham and again in England’s 1-0 defeat of Norway. Whether through the middle or out wide, the teenager is set to play a key role in Basel and it will be up to Rodriguez to stop him. The Wolfsburg man is a key performer in the Swiss defence and also poses an attacking threat, with his ability to cross and dribble impressive.
2/3 GOKHAN INLER v JORDAN HENDERSON
This clash could well be decisive in determining the outcome. Henderson has developed markedly over the past 12 months and looks to have established himself as a sure-fire starter in Roy Hodgson’s midfield. His ability to both break up the play and start attacks is key to England. Inler brings similar attributes to his side. The Switzerland captain is key to many of his side’s attacks and is excellent at intercepting.
3/3 JOSIP DRMIC v GARY CAHILL
Although Switzerland have impressive strength in depth through defence and midfield, a striker has yet to establish himself as an undroppable force. Admir Mehmedi of Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Haris Seferovic are options for the new manager, Vladimir Petkovic, but he may plump for 22-year-old Drmic. An excellent finisher, the Bayer Leverkusen No 9 is a direct attacking outlet and could make life difficult for Cahill and his fellow defenders.
Charlton, who retired from international duty after the 1970 World Cup, told Press Association Sport: "He is really keen to break my record, which seems to have stood for a long time.
"I've told him not to worry too much. He has my backing. I'll be quite happy when it comes.
"I told him, 'Think hard about it and maybe you'll have some good news'.
"I've had good news from it all my life. I don't mind him taking it.
"It would a great achievement - and it would be a change for me. That's good. He's a good lad and I don't mind it at all."
As well as his records, Charlton is also revered as one of England's 1966 World Cup winners and he hopes Rooney will one day be able to add team success to his international achievements.
Rooney has been criticised in the past for a failure to shine at major tournaments and he has taken over the national captaincy at a tough time after a poor World Cup campaign.
Charlton, speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, said: "What we have to do now is make sure that he wins. We need to start winning. It is all very well having these accolades that people push to you, but you have to make sure you get something out of it."
Charlton was representing his charity 'Find A Better Way' which aims to rid the world of effects of landmines by harnessing cutting-edge technology.
Traditional methods of finding landmines in former war zones using crude metal detectors are slow and dangerous.
Charlton has brought people from different fields together and found funding from many sources to find better ways of detection.
He said: "There are lots of places I have been to and we have to make sure it is safe.
"There are places where if it is raining people go under the trees, but there are other people that will lay a bomb there simply because people will go under the trees. That can't be right.
"Now we have improved things and got into the minds of many people who are very interested in helping. We have universities who are helping.
"It's been fantastic. I'm happy I got it all started but it never stops. We have to keep going."