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‘Incredible performance’ – Harry Kane has his sights set on Rooney’s goal record

CRICKET fan Harry Kane could reach his half-century tonight against Hungary.

And the way he’s going about it, it’s not out of the question for the English skipper to end up close to 100.

Harry Kane has 49 goals

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Harry Kane has 49 goalsCredit: PA
Wayne Rooney holds the record - and reached 50th place against Switzerland in 2015

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Wayne Rooney holds the record – and reached 50th place against Switzerland in 2015Photo credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Kane, who watched Thursday afternoon’s first Test against New Zealand – led by another Kane, Williamson – on TV, will beat Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49 goals by one tonight here at the Puskas Arena.

It would bring him within three of Wayne Rooney.

The former Manchester United striker would have thought his record would last a little longer when he scored the 50th goal from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win over Switzerland in 2015.

Kane, 28, scored his third goal for England that night and his progress has been remarkable.

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He said: “Obviously I think it would be an incredible achievement to break the record.

“I was lucky enough to play on the court and actually score when Wayne broke the record himself. I saw how much it meant to him and his family. I didn’t even think that far back then.
“But to be where I am now – four goals behind Wayne and a lot of games coming up this year – is an incredible achievement.

“Whenever you’re under the names of Rooney and Lineker and Charlton and players like that, you’re doing something worthwhile.

“It seems a long time since I made my debut. Back then it was all about playing for England – that was and still is one of the best feelings when I put on this shirt.

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“Back then it wasn’t a number that I had in mind.

“Of course I wanted to score as many goals as possible and play as long as possible.

“It all happens so fast, the big tournaments come by so fast, the games come fast and year after year you move up that ranking. It’s great to be almost 50.

“Obviously I’m still a few goals behind Wazza (Rooney) but the most important thing is to go out and play for my team and I’ll try to do that.”

England have just six games left before the World Cup begins on November 21 against Iran.

After two games against Hungary, a trip to Germany and a home game against Italy, Gareth Southgate’s side complete their preparations in September. They meet the Italians in Milan on September 23 and Germany three days later at Wembley Stadium.

In many ways, it would do Kane a favor if he wrote history before flying to Qatar.

He said: “I want to break it as soon as possible. I would like to score as many goals as possible in the next four games before the World Cup and see how it goes.

“But I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me when I’m on the pitch. I have a job to do, it’s not about breaking records and thinking about things like that when I’m on the pitch.”

SLOW START

Kane finished the season strong to lead Spurs to the Champions League.

And he’s certainly in a much better position than he was at the start of the season when his form was everywhere.

Kane was frustrated at not being able to force a move to Manchester City, but equally, perhaps more importantly, there was the psychological impact of being the England captain who lost the Euro 2020 final on penalties at Wembley .

He said: “Whenever you finish strong with your club there is always a freer spirit that walks onto the international stage.

“Of course we had a big European competition last summer.

“It ended very disappointing but going into these games I feel confident, I feel free.

“We had a good finish as a team towards the end of the season and I personally had a good season which is always great. So yeah, I’m looking forward to bringing that into these games.”

Finally, Kane was asked how he would like to be remembered as an athlete.

Hinting he might have plans to become a professional golfer once he graduates from football, he said: “I think the ideal career would be a World Cup, a Super Bowl and maybe a Masters green jacket if I’m lucky to do that too .

“Football is always my first thought and that’s what got me to where I am now. I still enjoy training and every game I play.

“I would love to win the World Cup, there is no player who wouldn’t. It’s my next opportunity to win a trophy, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5487150/harry-kane-rooney-goalscoring-record-england/ ‘Incredible performance’ – Harry Kane has his sights set on Rooney’s goal record

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