Tottenham striker and England captain Harry Kane leads the Three Lions to the World Cup with more than a half century of international goals for his nation and Wayne Rooney’s goal record in sight.
The 29-year-old striker has 51 England goals to his name, just two short of the former Manchester United and Everton forward Rooney’s tally of 53. Having scored six times to win the Golden Boot four years ago at the previous tournament, Kane could quickly overtake Rooney in Qatar ahead of three winnable group games with Iran, Wales and the USA.
Kane has reached his tally far quicker than Rooney reached his, meanwhile. The Spurs man has taken just 75 games to score his 51 goals while Rooney finished his England career with 120 caps. Kane’s goal ratio also better’s those of Bobby Charlton, who is third on the list and managed 49 goals in 106 games, and striker-turned-presenter Gary Linker, who scored his 48 goals in 80 games.
Kane has averaged 0.68 goals per game for England, meaning, on average, he should need just three games, the length of the group stage, to match Rooney’s 53 goal tally.