Wayne Rooney has told The Times that he expects Tottenham striker Harry Kane to usurp him as England’s record goalscorer before long.
The former Manchester United forward became England’s most prolific ever marksman in September 2015, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton, and went on to finish his international career with 53 goals from 120 matches.
Kane’s England tally currently stands at 32 goals in 45 games, at a scoring rate which means he’s on course to surpass Rooney in his next 30 caps.
With England’s busy schedule of playing European fodder, that could be within three years, and Rooney has said that he would be proud to see the Spurs man take his crown.
“I don’t think it will take long for Harry Kane to claim my England record and it would be a proud moment for me,” Rooney told The Times.
“I’ve never been a selfish player and it would be great for England for Harry to get there. Bobby Charlton had to wait 50 years — I hope it’s not so long for me.”
I didn’t realise until now quite how good his England goal return was, although he has only netted six times in 18 outings against top 15 ranked FIFA nations.
Kane loves chasing records and this is one well within his reach. Only injuries are likely to keep the 26-year-old from proving Rooney right.