‘Without a doubt’ – Ian Wright tips Spurs man to make England history
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright believes Harry Kane will go on to break Wayne Rooney’s international goalscoring record for England.
Eventually ending his England career with a record 53 goals for the Three Lions, Wright feels Rooney’s total is under threat from Tottenham’s Kane, who edged ever closer to the former Manchester United striker’s feat with four goals during the recent international break.
Kane’s goal against Kosovo puts the 26-year-old on 26 England goals – with just 27 remaining to reach the exploits of Rooney.
The Spurs frontman could have marked getting halfway to that target had he not later missed from the spot in a thrilling, if not chaotic, 5-3 victory at St. Mary’s Stadium.
However, Kane’s current form, along with the current makeup of the England attack, left Wright in no doubt that Rooney’s days at the pinnacle of the goalscoring charts are numbered.
He told ITV (via Football.london): “Without a doubt, if he stays fit, if he produces like we’ve seen him produce, and the likes of Raheem Sterling continue to create, he will definitely beat that record.”
Wright is not the only one who thinks Rooney’s record is under threat – even the man himself expressed such views following his farewell international appearance against the United States last November.
And Rooney’s journey towards securing that record suggests Kane is on the right path, with the Tottenham striker just two goals behind where Rooney was at his age.
Kane’s goal average in an England shirt is also better than Rooney’s – with the latter’s 120 caps giving him a ratio of a goal every 2.26 appearances, compared to Kane’s 1.58 following his strike in midweek.
So Wright is, well, right to be upbeat about Kane’s chances of usurping Rooney’s tally – with the signs suggesting it may only be a matter of time before the former Evertonian is dislodged from the goalscoring summit.
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