Wayne Rooney writes letter to Harry Kane after sealing England’s scoring record

  • After his record-breaking goal for England, Wayne Rooney pens Harry Kane a note.

Wayne Rooney writes letter to Harry Kane after sealing England scoring record
Wayne Rooney writes letter to Harry Kane after sealing England’s scoring record

Harry Kane has received praise from Wayne Rooney after moving up to the top spot in England’s all-time men’s goalscoring rankings.

Before to Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Italy, the two were equal on goals scored with 53 each, but Kane’s penalty kick in the first half gave England the victory.

Rooney sent a brief message to Kane on social media after the game to congratulate him on his record but has now offered a lengthier tribute to the 29-year-old.

“When I broke the England goalscoring record, with a penalty against Switzerland in September 2015, Harry Kane was the first player to run over and celebrate with me. I later mentioned Harry in the speech I made in the dressing room,” Rooney wrote in The Times.

“I said that I hoped the young players in the squad would come close to the record themselves, and even be able to surpass me. Harry had scored only three England goals at that point — but I said those words because I knew he could do it. Even then, with only four caps under his belt, I knew he could become England’s greatest scorer if he kept going the way he was and I wanted to give him encouragement.

“I am delighted for him, for his family, and for the England team now he has done it, having scored his 54th England goal against Italy on Thursday night. Knowing Harry, it’s not something that will go to his head. He will kick on and, in fact, I believe that when he stops playing he will leave the England record in a place where it will be very difficult for someone else to break it.


“He wants to be like Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, a goal machine who is still at the very top in his mid-thirties, and he has it in him to make that happen. I think Harry will finish with an England goals total well into the seventies.”

Kane was afterwards hailed as England’s greatest-ever striker by Rooney, who also compared the Spurs hitman to the late Francesco Totti of Italy.

“Where does he stand among England strikers? He is probably the best. I think he is,” Rooney proclaimed. “I was not an out-and-out No 9, more a player who was halfway between a No 9 and a No 10, and if you look at the great England strikers — Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Jimmy Greaves, Michael Owen — Harry is as good a scorer as any of them and just as relentless, but unlike them he is not only a finisher.

“His all-round football qualities make him the best, and that is not just what he does in an England shirt, but at club level. He will break Shearer’s Premier League goals record if he stays fit.

“How do I feel now I’m no longer the record holder? Absolutely fine. I’m not really bothered about records and think it is crazy that, before I broke it, the England scoring record stood for so long, given all the talented forwards England had. I knew this day would come and that Harry would be the one.”


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