Harry Kane became England’s all-time leading goalscorer after netting in his country’s 2-1 over Italy on Thursday night.

The Tottenham striker scored a first-half penalty as Gareth Southgate’s side won in Italy for the first time since 1961.

Kane’s strike meant he moved ahead of Wayne Rooney in England’s all-time top scorer chart and the former Manchester United captain was one of the first people to congratulate Kane.

He tweeted: “Congratulations to Harry Kane on becoming England’s all-time leading goalscorer. I knew it wouldn’t take long but that was quick. Great man, unbelievable goalscorer and an England legend.”

Kane had equaled Rooney’s record with a goal in their 2022 World Cup quarter-final defeat by France – and missed a penalty in that game that would have given him the record outright.

Kane achieved the feat in a very impressive 81 caps (Rooney’s record was made across 120) and has the most goals as a captain (46), most from penalties (18), most in a calendar year (16 in 2021) and most in major tournaments (12).

Kane now leads a group of six Englishmen to have scored more than 40 international goals. Of those, only Jimmy Greaves scored his at a faster rate. Sir Bobby Charlton, with 49 goals, held the record for 45 years until he was surpassed by Rooney eight years ago.

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