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.”
Just so proud to be this country's all time top goalscorer it's something you can't even dream about as a kid. A magical moment. 🏴🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/qeSVaFi4pJ— Harry Kane (@HKane) March 23, 2023
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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