Harry Kane is hoping to break Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record at the World Cup later this year, as he looks to help the Three Lions improve on their 2018 semi-final appearance.
Kane has scored 49 goals in 69 appearances for England after moving level with Bobby Charlton’s international tally in a 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland at Wembley in March.
The Tottenham striker is now just four goals behind Rooney’s Three Lions record, despite playing 50 international games fewer than the Manchester United legend.
Indeed, Kane has averaged 0.71 goals per game for his country, compared to Rooney’s 0.45, and it looks to be a matter of time before Gareth Southgate’s captain establishes himself as the greatest goalscorer in the national team’s history.
Kane also enjoyed a successful season at club level, registering 17 goals and nine assists in the Premier League to help Antonio Conte’s Spurs to Champions League qualification.
Speaking on The Tonight Show, the Spurs talisman expressed his excitement for England to build on their 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, as he targeted breaking Rooney’s record in Qatar.
“I’m excited,” Kane told host Jimmy Fallon. “In the last World Cup we got to the semi-finals, which was the furthest we’ve gone in the tournament for 30 years.
“The country was going mad, but we fell just that one step short. I’m looking forward to this one as we’ve got a really good coach and a really good team.
“We’ve been building nicely to this World Cup, and hopefully I can break the goal record while we’re there.”
Kane could even break the record before the tournament, with England facing four Nations League contests next month, including clashes with Germany and Euro 2020 final conquerors Italy.
The 28-year-old scored six goals as England progressed to the final four of the last World Cup in Russia, and a repeat performance would also see him become his country’s record goalscorer at the competition, with Gary Lineker having scored 10 goals across the 1986 and 1990 tournaments.