Southgate backs captain Kane to surpass Rooney’s record
HARRY KANE is capable of knocking Wayne Rooney of the top of England’s goalscoring charts, according to Gareth Southgate, as informs the Sun.
The Three Lions travel to Belgium this evening for Sunday’s Nations League clash, which will see Kane earn his 50th cap.
Few England internationals have been as efficient as Kane, with the striker netting at a rate of a goal every 1.5 games.
Such a strike rate makes the 27-year-old a top candidate to bag the 24 goals which will make him the nation’s all-time leading scorer.
The England boss told reporters: “In terms of what is possible, the goalscoring record is the really interesting one because his strike rate for us is phenomenal and he has time on his side to chase Wayne Rooney’s record, which would be a remarkable feat.
“I know from his perspective, while the personal achievement is something he is driven towards, it is the team achievement.
“He is so focused on the team having success and he would want to look back over the next few years at the team achieving.”
Southgate managed Kane in the Under-21s before his elevation to the England senior team.
And his maiden international strike past Lithuania in March 2015 ranks as Southgate’s favourite goal by the Tottenham star.
The former defender also highlighted a last-ditch equaliser against Scotland three years ago, in their last meeting before next summer’s Euros.
Southgate recalled: “Whenever one of your players get called up, you always want them to do well.
“I remember hearing he had scored [against Lithuania] and that was a brilliant moment for all of us because you want your boys to progress and do well.
“His goal at Hampden as well and of course his goals at the World Cup. To win the Golden Boot is an incredible personal achievement.
“It is a special moment for him.
“We have had three or four get to the 50-cap milestone in the last year and for all of them it is a fantastic achievement.”