Harry Kane goes into Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier away to Poland on 40 goals for England, just 13 behind Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 and with age on his side
Wayne Rooney has backed Harry Kane to break his England goalscoring record.
Kane goes into Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier away to Poland on 40 international goals, just 13 behind Rooney’s record of 53.
Derby boss Rooney, who broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing goals record – which had stood for 45 years – in 2015, said he will be delighted when Kane surpasses him.
“I said when I stopped playing that I was fully expecting Harry to get that record,” said Rooney. “He’s a fantastic player, a goalscorer, and obviously he’s got time on his side.
“I’d be the first to congratulate him. Records are great, of course, but they’re there to be broken.
“When Harry does break that record, he deserves all the credit and praise he gets, because it’s a great honour to hold that record.”
Rooney’s confidence Kane will surpass his tally for the Three Lions is shared by manager Gareth Southgate, who opened up on the Tottenham striker’s eagerness earlier this week.
The 28-year-old drew level with Michael Owen on 40 goals by converting a penalty against Andorra on Sunday, having come off the bench in the second half.
“The only insight I can give you is that when I suggested putting him on against Andorra he was stood by my side about three-and-a-half seconds later with his tracksuit top off and his tie-ups on, and he was ready,” said Southgate of Kane.
“He is certainly on track to break Rooney’s record. Let’s hope he stays fit. If he plays the games, I don’t see that record not being broken.”
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Southgate also discussed another of his strikers, AC Milan’s Tammy Abraham, who has not featured for England in 2021.
The former Chelsea No. 9 has scored once in six appearances for the Three Lions and Southgate insists he and his Milan teammate Fikayo Tomori are on his radar.
“Fikayo we have been monitoring very closely throughout his time at Milan and we will do the same with Tammy,” said the England boss.
“It’s of course early stages for Tammy at Roma and the league is a different sort of challenge.
“But good for him, he needs to be playing. It’s brave to take that new adventure on and I’m sure it’s one he can succeed at.”
Abraham joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma from Chelsea for £34million this summer and he has impressed with one goal and two assists in three appearances.
Tomori, meanwhile, joined the Serie A club permanently for £25million after arriving at Stadio Olimpico on an initial loan in January this year.