Tottenham legend, Harry Kane on Thursday night, smashed England’s all-time goal-scoring record after converting a penalty in the 2-1 win against Italy.
Harry Kane netted his 54th goal for the Three Lions from the penalty spot to seal his name in history. He and Wayne Rooney had been tied on 53 goals heading into Thursday’s match.
Kane reached the milestone in his 81st appearance for England, 39 fewer games than the current DC United manager. His goal made it 2-0 for Gareth Southgate’s side after Declan Rice netted the opener against the reigning European champions.
“I was on the pitch when Wayne broke the record and I know what it meant to him and how proud I was. When I presented him the boot for breaking the record, he said he’d be giving it back to me one day. He’s a special guy, and England legend.”
Wayne Rooney has also paid tribute to Harry Kane. He tweeted;
“Congratulations to @HKane on becoming @England’s all-time leading goal-scorer. I knew it wouldn’t take long but that was quick. Great man, unbelievable goal-scorer and an England legend. Congrats Harry”
Rooney offered a lengthier tribute to Kane in The Times. He wrote;
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“When I broke the England goal-scoring record, with a penalty against Switzerland in September 2015, Harry Kane was the first player to run over and celebrate with me. I later mentioned Harry in the speech I made in the dressing room.
“I said that I hoped the young players in the squad would come close to the record themselves, and even be able to surpass me. Harry had scored only three England goals at that point — but I said those words because I knew he could do it. Even then, with only four caps under his belt, I knew he could become England’s greatest scorer if he kept going the way he was and I wanted to give him encouragement.
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