Harry Kane breaks record against Italy


After scoring his 54th goal for the Three Lions against Italy on Thursday, Harry Kane has surpassed all other men’s goal scorers in England history.

With 53 goals, Kane was level with former Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney, but he broke the record in the European qualifier when he thundered in a penalty just before halftime.

The Tottenham star beat the lightning-fast pace established by fellow goal-scoring greats like Rooney, Gary Lineker, and Sir Bobby Charlton by breaking the mark in just 81 appearances for his nation.

At the age of 21, Kane made his England debut against Lithuania in a 4-0 victory in March 2015. He came off the bench and scored just 80 seconds later.

By the end of that year, he would become England’s regular starter. He has since been in charge of the Three Lions ever since, even receiving the captain’s armband in 2017.

Many records have been broken as Kane’s career has developed. After winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, he broke England’s record for most goals in a year, finishing 2021 with 16 goals.

England’s all-time top men’s goalscorers

Harry Kane8154
Wayne Rooney12053
Sir Bobby Charlton10649
Gary Lineker8048
Vivian Woodward3244
Jimmy Greaves5744
Michael Owen8940
Nat Lofthouse3330
Alan Shearer6330
Tom Finney7630

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