Harry Kane Breaks Rooney’s Record to Become England’s All-Time Top Goal Scorer
Harry Kane has created history by becoming England’s all-time top goal scorer by beating Wayne Rooney’s longstanding record of 53 goals. Although elated by his achievement, Kane remains cautious about following in Rooney’s footsteps.
Kane’s record-breaking goal on Thursday during England’s 2-1 victory over Italy adds yet another milestone to the memorable interconnection between the two strikers. Their association goes back to March 2015, where Kane replaced Rooney for his debut in a European Championship qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, taking a mere 79 seconds to hit the net himself.
Rooney was the first to extend his best wishes to Kane, hailing him as England’s most exceptional striker. The former captain has been an excellent guide and advisor to Kane, but his international career serves as a warning. The agonizing 57-year wait for a major trophy still haunts England’s so-called “Golden Generation.” Rooney himself regretted not achieving more with the national team as his club accomplishments couldn’t indemnify his failure.
England’s current progress under Gareth Southgate provides a ray of hope for Kane and his teammates to end the trophy drought. Kane’s aim is to lead England to victory in Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup. However, the team faces lingering issues in central defence and conceding the initiative in the must-wins but beating Italy away from home for the first time since 1961 is a massive step in the right direction.
Kane’s individual honours and club achievements are overshadowed by his yearning to win for his country. Despite becoming the all-time top goal scorer for Tottenham (267 goals in 416 games) and England (54 goals), he only holds a World Cup Golden Boot winner title. Kane understands the pain that comes with individual accolades and no collective achievement. Hence, he strives to change that narrative for England.
England’s Silverware dreams rely heavily on Kane’s brilliant form and leadership skills. The upcoming game against Ukraine provides Kane with an opportunity to establish a dominant position and hone his skills for the forthcoming contests. Kane’s time is here right now, and he won’t want to suffer Rooney’s fate for England.
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