England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane to break Wayne Rooney's scoring record for the Three Lions.
The former Manchester United is the team's all-time goalscorer with 53 goals and is also the team's most-capped outfield player of all-time with 119 appearances.
Rooney announced his arrival on the international stage with a stunning performance, scoring four goals during Euro 2004 before going on to play at three World Cups during his 13-year international career.
Harry Kane is, however, chasing his numbers, with his hattrick in a 4-0 demolition of Bulgaria taking his tally to 25 from 40 appearances, overtaking Sir Geoff Hurst in the process.
Southgate, however, noted that Kane can only achieve the fete if he stays free of injuries.
“I think it will just be about fitness and avoiding lengthy injuries – things that are out of your control – but I think everything else is there [for Kane] to really challenge it,” Southgate said.
“If anybody has that strength and mentality, then for sure it is Harry.”
Kane has been in imperious form for both club and country this year but was heavily hit by niggling injuries that affected his progress and individual performance.
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