Jack Wilshere has picked Wayne Rooney over Harry Kane as his choice for England’s best-ever striker and feels people have forgotten how good the Manchester United icon was.
Both Rooney and Kane have been the scorers of plenty of goals for the Three Lions, with the Tottenham man having taken the reigns from the former in recent years.
Rooney is currently England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals ahead of Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves who round out the top four.
Current England captain Kane occupies joint-fourth on the list with 44 and, despite his sluggish start to the campaign, is chasing the pack and will look to close further against San Marino next week.
Kane’s most influential stint with England came during the World Cup in 2018 where he led the side to the semi-final and secured the tournament’s Golden Boot with six goals, while he captained Gareth Southgate’s side to the Euro 2020 final over the summer.
While both players have enjoyed stints of excellent form for the Three Lions, former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was quizzed on who he’d pick as the best England striker.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Well I played the majority of my games with England with Rooney.
“I played a few with Harry but that was when he just broke into the team, really, so I’m going to have to pick Wazza.
Wilshere was then pressed on who he’d rather have when both players were on their top form, to which he responded: “Wazza again. People forget how good he was. Wazza, wow, and he was doing it from 16.
“You think about his early years when he was explosive, he was unplayable.
“He used to get angry in training. He used to pick the ball and just drive past three or four players and smash it in.
“Remember when he scored that goal for United when he was moaning at the ref? The Newcastle volley, he was just getting angry and then – BANG!”
Spurs Web Opinion
Kane has a little bit of catching up to do to better Rooney’s record, but his goal ratio speaks for itself and he is more than capable of reaching that feat.
His form this season has been way below par, but he has done okay on international duty, so we’ll see if he adds to that over the next couple of international games.
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