Harry Kane has admitted that he enjoys seeing his name mentioned along with England’s greats such as Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker after finishing third in the country’s leaderboards through the ages.
Kane scored no less than four goals in Monday’s 10-0 knockout against San Marino, which took him to 48 goals for his country and also set a handful of second records in the process, including the most goals for England in a calendar year (16).
The Tottenham striker is now behind only Charlton (49) and Rooney (53) in the goal list, and after climbing into third place, he told ITV about his joy.
“We still need to keep working, I feel we have improved year by year, obviously with the World Cup since the European Championships, so just to take advantage of the time, we do not have much time before the next one so we use every training session, every match we can to fine-tune the small pieces, Kane said.
“Hopefully the mentality has been built up over the years and then we can take it into the World Cup now.
“It came to the last match, we expected to win tonight but we have done a fantastic job and as you have seen in other groups it is not easy to qualify, like when we win the matches people write off the opposition but to go through is a great feeling.
◼️ Reflects on the @FIFAWorldCup qualifier◼️ Level up with @GaryLineker◼️ Much praise for @EmileSmithRowe
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“Every time I wear an English shirt I’m proud, when I can score goals it’s one of the biggest emotions I can have in my career, so nice to be among these people and hopefully we can keep them.”
In addition to climbing upwards among the goal scorers, Kane also became the first player to do straight hat-tricks for England since 1957, after Tommy Taylor, Dixie Dean and Vivian Woodward who did so.
He is now also the first England player to score four goals in a match since 1993, when Ian Wright succeeded with the feat against none other than San Marino.