Leicester City youngster breaks 85 year international record

Leicester City youngster breaks 85 year international record

A promising Leicester City prospect has this week broken an 85-year club record by becoming their all-time leading goalscorer at international level. 

Harry Panayiotou, a 21-year-old forward, scored the opening goal for Saint Kitts and Nevis in their 2-0 win over Aruba on Saturday, meaning he has now scored five goals in seven appearances for the Caribbean island.

That strike means that Panayiotou is now Leicester’s leading international goalscorer, breaking Ernie Hine’s record of four goals for England which had incredibly stood since 1931.

Panayiotou, though, is only fractionally ahead of current stars, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Shinji Okazaki of Japan, who are both on four, while Jamie Vardy also got off the mark spectacularly for England against Germany at the weekend.

Harry Panayiotou in action for Leicester's Under-21s.

Harry Panayiotou in action for Leicester’s Under-21s.

Although Panayiotou has excelled on the international stage, he has only appeared once for the Foxes after joining them in 2012, but he seems intent on breaking into Claudio Ranieri’s plans.

He said: “While it’s great to gain success on the international stage for your country, you cannot beat playing week-in-week-out for your club.

“The passion and buzz you get from being at Leicester is unbelievable, and you notice it more when you have been away for a short period of time.”

The young forward, who was voted Leicester’s Under-21 Player of the Year last season, is currently playing for Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship but is yet to score in eight appearances for the club.

Panayiotou alongside his Saint Kitts and Nevis teammates.

Panayiotou (front row, second from left) alongside his Saint Kitts and Nevis teammates.

Panayiotou has made one senior appearance for Leicester to date, against Leeds United at the end of the 2011/12 season as a substitute, and he capped it by scoring the winning goal in stoppage time.

But he will be hoping his goals for ‘The Sugar Boyz’ can convince Ranieri to hand him some first-team opportunities at the King Power Stadium next season.

Leicester City are the second-highest goalscorers in the Premier League this season with 54 goals.