Ian Wright believes Harry Kane will “rewrite the record books” for the England national team
Having netted the winning goal in both of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania over the past week, the in-form Tottenham striker now has 12 goals for the national team in just 23 appearances.
Furthermore, he’s 41 behind Rooney – who surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton when he netted against Switzerland on his 107th cap in September 2015 – and Wright has backed the Spurs star to eventually claim the record outright if his impressive strike rate continues.
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“I’d like to think I know a thing or two about striking and I genuinely believe he is going to rewrite the record books for our national team,” Wright wrote in his column for the Sun.
“That’s right. By the time Harry hangs up his boots, I would be amazed if he hasn’t surpassed Wayne Rooney and his Three Lions haul of 53 goals.
“His scoring run at the moment is right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
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“I am not saying he is as good as them yet, but – just like you always fancy them to stick it away when they get a chance – it is the same with Kane.
“And before anyone accuses me of hyping him up just to knock him down, that will not be an issue.
“Harry is so good, with such solid foundations, no one will be able to knock him down.”
Following another standout season in front of goal last year, Kane has been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award – alongside Lionel Messi as well as Cristiano Ronaldo – and is widely regarded as the best centre-forward in the Premier League.
Despite failing to find the back of the net throughout the month of August, the 24-year-old’s six goals in the top flight of English football so far this season is a record bettered than by only Romelu Lukaku across the entire division.