England manager Gareth Southgate has supported Harry Kane to go “far beyond” Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals for the three Lions before hanging up his boots.
Kane, who turned 28 in July, went into third place with Gary Lineker on the country’s goal of all time on Monday, scoring four goals in the 10-0 victory over San Marino to take his overall standings to 48.
Before him now are Sir Bobby Charlton (49) and Rooney, who scored 53 goals in 120 games for England.
Kane’s national team career is only 67 games old, and Southgate admitted that he expects the Tottenham striker to completely beat Rooney’s record before all is said and done.
“[Setting a new standard] will definitely be one of his goals and the remarkable thing is that we have not given him nights like tonight [against lower-ranked teams] too often, ”Southgate said (via The Times).
“The other three matches of this character in this group we did not give him the minutes. He understood that, but he has huge personal ambitions as well as the team. He once again showed the clinical character and the mentality he has.
“It’s almost not” if “he should break the record but” when “. And what he can do about it once he is beyond that point.
“If we had left him for another half hour, I would have told him we would have had Wayne Rooney’s family on the phone telling us to get rid of him. He’s a phenomenal goal scorer.”
England’s 2021 campaign is now over, with Kane setting a new national record of 16 goals in a calendar year, improving on the previous record of 12 set by himself (2012), George Hilsdon (1908) and Dixie Dean (1927).