Harry Kane breaks Wayne Rooney’s all-time England goalscoring record


By Sedara Philip

Harry Kane became England’s all-time top scorer with his 54th goal for his country in their opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy.

Kane, 29, equalled Wayne Rooney’s record with a goal in their World Cup quarter-final defeat by France – and missed a penalty that would have given him the record outright.

But he managed it in his next game for Gareth Southgate’s side in Naples, scoring from the spot.His first-half goal made it 2-0.

Kane is now the record goalscorer for both England and club side Tottenham.Kane has achieved the record at a sensational rate, his 54 goals coming in just 81 appearances.

He now leads a group of six Englishmen to have scored more than 40 international goals. Of those, only Jimmy Greaves scored his at a faster rate – one every 1.3 games, compared with Kane’s 1.5.

Sir Bobby Charlton, with 49 goals, held the record for 45 years until he was surpassed by Rooney in 2015.

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