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Harry Kane can beat Rooney's record says Gareth Southgate

Sat 14 November 2020 | 16:47

Gareth Southgate has backed England captain Harry Kane to surpass Wayne Rooney as the country's record goalscorer.

Three Lions' boss believes "phenomenal" Harry Kane is capable of becoming England's record goal-scorer as the Tottenham striker prepares to win his 50th cap against Belgium on Sunday.

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

Still only 27, Kane has a lot of international football ahead of him, allowing him to break Rooney's record and cement his place as England's greatest ever goalscorer.

"In terms of what's possible, I think the goalscoring record is the real interesting one," Southgate told a media conference.

"His strike rate for us is quite phenomenal, really. He's got time on his side to crack on and chase Wayne's record, which would be a remarkable feat in itself.

"I know from his perspective, whilst personal achievement is something he's driven towards he's all about the team winning now, he's been to a World Cup, won the Golden Boot, in the end, you want to win as a team.

"He's totally focused on that and the team having success. He would want in the next few years to be able to look back on the team having achieved, as well as some of those personal milestones."

Asked about his favorite memory of Kane in his first 49 caps, Southgate picked out the striker's late equaliser against their arch-rivals Scotland.

"The equalizer at Hampden sticks in my mind, that was a very important goal for us at a critical moment," said Southgate.

"Of course, his goals at the World Cup, to win the Golden Boot is an incredible personal achievement.

"There have been so many. It's a special moment for him, we've had three or four players get to that 50-cap milestone in the last year or so, for all of them it's a fantastic achievement."


source: SportMob