Kane has England's goal-scoring document however he actually wants trophies
Harry Kane has eclipsed Wayne Rooney to grow to be England‘s all-time high aim scorer however he’s nonetheless battling to keep away from the identical destiny as his predecessor.
Rooney was among the many first to congratulate the 29-year-old striker after his record-breaking 54th aim in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Italy, a second which has been inevitable for a while given Kane’s efficiency but no much less historic when it lastly arrived.
The chase additional intertwined two gamers whose connection dates again to March 2015, when Kane changed Rooney for his debut in a European Championship qualifier in opposition to Lithuania at Wembley. Rooney had already scored; Kane took 79 seconds to hit the online himself. Later that yr, Rooney beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year document (49 targets) and was offered with a golden boot by Charlton. Afterwards, he gave a speech within the dressing room.
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“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.” Rooney informed The Instances on Friday. “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.”
Rooney has been available ever since to supply Kane steering and recommendation, however his England profession additionally serves as a warning. He scored his record-setting 53rd and remaining worldwide aim in England’s humiliating Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland — the chasm between particular person and collective achievement by no means wider within the striker’s lifetime.
Rooney scored simply as soon as in three World Cups, by no means capable of produce his devastating greatest on the largest stage and ceaselessly residing within the shadow of his teenage self who burst onto the scene at Euro 2004 with such power earlier than his metatarsal harm and a penalty shootout ended England’s hopes within the quarterfinals in opposition to Portugal.
His remorse over by no means profitable something along with his nation is replicated by lots of the so-called “Golden Generation” of which he is part. Kane will recognise that ache, too, particularly having additionally been on the pitch when England misplaced to Iceland seven years in the past. He already holds the document for many England targets at a match finals (12) however what drives him now could be silverware.
At the least Rooney had an illustrious membership profession at Manchester United to console him, ending his profession with 5 Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and FIFA Membership World Cup. In addition to the all-time scoring document for United (253 targets in 559 video games). Kane is now the all-time high aim scorer for Tottenham (lately surpassing Jimmy Greaves with 267 targets in 416 video games) and England, however whereas he’s a World Cup Golden Boot winner he doesn’t possess a solitary group trophy to point out for it.
England’s palpable progress beneath Gareth Southgate — reaching the 2018 World Cup semifinals and Euro 2020 remaining — has created a way that they’ve by no means been nearer to ending a 57-year await a serious honour, even accounting for the high-quality margins of match soccer. However they must take these final steps to understand that potential at Euro 2024.
That activity is clearly not solely inside Kane’s grasp so, for now, all he can do is hold main by instance. He would, in fact, have most well-liked to interrupt Rooney’s document by changing that now-infamous second penalty in England’s 2022 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to France however there was at the very least some poetic justice in attaining the milestone from one other spot-kick in Naples on Thursday.
No one can critically query his mentality as of late however Kane’s dedication to set the tone firstly of Euro 2024 qualification led to an outstanding all-round show in opposition to Italy and a fillip for Southgate as he appears to rally the troops for his fourth match cycle. Beating their Euro-2020 conquerors Italy away from dwelling for the primary time since 1961 is one other step in direction of England breaking down the long-standing inferiority advanced that has inhibited them in opposition to high opposition.
Kane is an entire centre-forward and with 19-year-old Jude Bellingham making thrilling strides to inject much-needed dynamism in central midfield, England are edging in direction of changing into an entire group. Points stay, nevertheless. Centre-back continues to look an space of weak spot and the second-half wobble in opposition to Italy was a reminder that an issue of surrendering the initiative nonetheless exists. However qualification already appears a better proposition now the hardest Group C fixture is received and there may be time to high-quality tune their strategy.
Sunday’s go to of Ukraine, earlier than which Kane will probably be offered with a memento marking his goal-scoring achievement, represents a great probability to ascertain a dominant place. England are a younger facet however Kane turns 30 this yr. A mannequin skilled in elite bodily situation, his profession will certainly endure on the highest degree for years to come back however Kane’s time is now; Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup are clear targets.
Kane performed in an excellent Tottenham facet for 5 years beneath Mauricio Pochettino and received nothing. It might rankle ceaselessly if the identical destiny awaited him for England. Simply ask Rooney.