Harry Kane backs Wayne Rooney to break England goalscoring record

by Robbie Dunne

Harry Kane has backed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to break England’s goalscoring record.

Rooney is just one goal shy of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals.

The Man United captain became the youngest player to play for England when he came on against Australia in a friendly in February 2003. In September of the same year he became the youngest player to score for England, equalising in a 2–1 away victory over Macedonia.

He has gone on to score every year since 2003 and has earned 105 international caps along the way.

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“Rooney is a world-class player and he trains very hard to be where he is now,” Kane said.

“It’s great to be able train with him, learn off him and be able to talk to him as well. He’s an all-round top player and a top man. Hopefully he can break the England goal-scoring record on this trip.

“Everyone is excited for him and I’m sure he’s excited as well. I’m sure he wants to get it done as soon as possible, so everyone is rooting for him.

“San Marino is a great game to try and do that, but he knows the three points is the most important thing to get. We know if we beat San Marino then we are qualified so hopefully we can get the job done.”

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Rooney has had a slow start to his club season with United but the team in general have been laboured in attack. The purchase of Anthony Martial and some readjustments regarding the personnel that Louis van Gaal deploys up top might instigate a change in fortunes.

If Rooney can net a goal for England in the Euro qualifiers away to San Marino and at home to Switzerland, it might spur him on and give him the confidence needed to start scoring again for United. If United are to succeed this year, they will need a 20-goal season from Rooney with several other players chipping in.

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