Harry Kane passes Wayne Rooney to become England’s all-time top goalscorer
He did it! Harry Kane overtakes Wayne Rooney to become England’s all-time leading goalscorer with a penalty against Italy… as the Three Lions captain scores his 54th goal in his 81st game
Harry Kane has overtaken Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top goalscorer.
Kane scored against Italy in the 44th minute of the Three Lions’ match against Italy in Naples on Thursday to overtake Rooney on 54 goals.
The 29-year-old had failed to score in four previous games against Italy, but broke that duck when he scored from the penalty spot just before half-time.
Kane’s 54th at bat came in his 81st game for his country, with Rooney’s tally giving him 130 games.
Bobby Charlton, who passed Kane last year, is third with 49 goals in 106 games.
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Kane overtakes England legends Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker to become England’s all-time top goalscorer as seen in our image taken by Sofa score. com
“I know tomorrow night he will have more motivation to come back and show everyone what he stands for in an England shirt,” manager Gareth Southgate told the BBC before the game.
“We have seen in his performance for his club that he has put the (World Cup disappointment) behind him.”
Kane has since added: “I love playing for England so to get that chance and hopefully do it this week would be great, but as always the team comes first.”
The Spurs striker became his club’s all-time leading goalscorer earlier this year when he passed Jimmy Greaves.
He has now scored 271 goals for his club in addition to his tally for England, while also netting in loan spells at the likes of Millwall and Leyton Orient and for England at youth level.
Kane’s first goal came 80 seconds after his debut, when he came on for Rooney in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.
Kane made his England debut in 2015 as a substitute for Rooney against Lithuania
He won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as England finished fourth
The attacker could have finished top of the scoring lists against France at the World Cup without a penalty, but missed a penalty
His full debut came just days later against Italy when he started alongside Rooney in a 1–1 draw.
He was captained by England ahead of the 2018 World Cup where he won the tournament’s Golden Boot as the Three Lions finished fourth.
He drew level with Rooney when he scored from the penalty spot against France in the quarter-final of the World Cup, and had a chance to go straight ahead as England conceded another penalty.
However, he infamously shot the ball over the crossbar as England were knocked out for eventual runners-up and had to wait to break the record.