Southgate backs Kane to break Rooney’s scoring record


England coach Gareth Southgate has backed Harry Kane to surpass Wayne Rooney as the country’s all-time top scorer.

Kane has netted 32 goals for England since making his debut five years ago and is well on course to overtake Rooney, who retired from international football with 53 goals.

The 27-year-old England captain can add to his tally in his 50th appearance for England when they visit Belgium in the Nations League later on Sunday.

“In terms of what’s possible, the goal-scoring record is the interesting one because his strike rate for us is phenomenal and he has time on his side to chase Rooney’s record, which would be a remarkable feat,” said Southgate.

“I know from his perspective, while the personal achievement is something he’s driven towards, it’s the team achievement.

“He’s so focussed on the team having success and he would want to look back over the next few years at the team achieving,” added the England coach.

Meanwhile, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says he was not surprised by the Tottenham Hotspur forward’s rise.

“I think he’s a complete striker, but it’s a wonderful story of seeing a young player develop – going out on loan, getting different experiences in different clubs and becoming this iconic player for Spurs, for England,” said Martinez.

“He’s evolved into one of the most clinical No 9s in world football, and you’ve got a very modern target man in Kane – someone who can assist and play and has great finishing stats.

“He’s got the potential to achieve and I’d say the record of Rooney is quite clear, and it’s an impressive stat, but Kane is in a position to achieve that.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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