Southgate backs Kane to break Rooney's goalscoring record

‘He has time on his side to chase Wayne Rooney’s record’: Gareth Southgate backs Harry Kane to complete ‘remarkable feat’ and become England’s leading goalscorer… with the Tottenham man just 21 strikes behind the former captain ahead of his 50th cap

  • England captain Harry Kane is set to win his 50th international cap vs Belgium 
  • Manager Gareth Southgate has backed striker to break the goalscoring record
  • Kane’s current national tally is 32, 21 behind legendary striker Wayne Rooney 

Gareth Southgate has backed England captain Harry Kane to become the country’s record goalscorer as the Tottenham forward prepares to win his 50th cap.

Kane already has 32 England goals to his name, putting him sixth on the all-time list and 21 behind Wayne Rooney.

The Tottenham striker was rested for Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland, but is expected to be one of several established stars brought back into the side for Sunday’s nations League game against Belgium.

Harry Kane has been backed by his manager to break Wayne Rooney’s England scoring record

Gareth Southgate said breaking record would be a ‘remarkable feat’ and is hand him 50th cap

1. Wayne Rooney – 53 goals / 120 caps

2. Bobby Charlton – 49 goals / 106 caps

3. Gary Lineker – 48 goals / 80 caps

4. Jimmy Greaves – 44 goals / 57 caps

5. Michael Own – 40 goals / 89 caps

6. Harry Kane – 32 goals / 49 caps

7. Nat Lofthouse – 30 goals / 33 caps, 

= Alan Shearer – 30 goals / 63 caps

= Tom Finney – 30 goals / 76 caps

10. Vivian Woodward – 29 goals / 23 caps

= Frank Lampard – 29 goals / 106 caps 

Southgate said: ‘In terms of what is possible, the goalscoring record is the really interesting one because his strike rate for us is phenomenal and he has time on his side to chase Wayne Rooney’s record which would be a remarkable feat.

‘I know from his perspective, while the personal achievement is something he is driven towards, it is the team achievement.

‘He is so focused on the team having success and he would want to look back over the next few years at the team achieving.’

Asked about a stand-out moment for Kane on the international scene, Southgate said his first goal always springs to mind.

He was England Under-21 boss at the time and had worked with the Spurs striker in the age group before he was given a debut by Roy Hodgson in March 2016 against Lithuania.

‘I think his first goal for England with Roy because we were with the Under-21s and whenever one of your players get called up, you always want them to do well,’ Southgate added.

‘I remember hearing he had scored and that was a brilliant moment for all of us because you want your boys to progress and do well.

Wayne Rooney is England’s current leading scorer with 53 goals from 120 international caps

Kane’s (L) current international tally is 32, 21 goals behind England legend Wayne Rooney

‘His goal at Hampden as well and of course his goals at the World Cup. To win the golden boot is an incredible personal achievement.

‘It is a special moment for him. We have had three or four get to the 50-cap milestone in the last year and for all of them it is a fantastic achievement.’

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