Pundit claims Wayne Rooney underachieved compared to Harry Kane

Harry Kane
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Jason Cundy has backed Harry Kane to easily beat Wayne Rooney’s all-time goal record for England and praised the Tottenham striker’s ability to use all the tools at his disposal.

The 28-year-old scored his 41st England goal on Wednesday night after netting a long-range strike in the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw against Poland in Warsaw. 

The strike means Kane is now just 12 goals away from Rooney, who set the England record at 53 in 120 appearances.

The feat is made all the more impressive considering the Spurs talisman has, so far, been capped far less, appearing in 64 matches in comparison to Rooney’s 120.

Former Spurs and Chelsea man Cundy believes Kane will smash past Rooney’s record, but claims the ex-Manchester United man did not fulfil his true potential and should have set the bar much higher. 

Cundy also hailed Kane for extracting the ‘absolute maximum’ out of his game, which is what has put him in this position.

Cundy said on talkSPORT: “He [Rooney] underachieved.

“How on Earth can Harry Kane be within touching distance of Rooney? How can he get close? He’s going to overtake Rooney. He’s not a better player than Rooney, I just think Rooney did not achieve his full potential.

“Rooney should be on 60, 70, maybe 80 goals for England. Kane hasn’t played anywhere near the [amount of] games as Rooney, but he is going to breeze it.

“That record for Bobby Charlton stood for 40-years, and Rooney is only going to hold this record for five, six, seven years?

“Kane gets the absolute maximum out of his ability. Rooney, I don’t think has. It sounds harsh because of what he achieved in the game, but I don’t think it is that harsh. I genuinely believe that.”

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Kane’s strike rate for England speaks for itself, and the record has been there to be broken since he made his debut. Maybe Rooney didn’t achieve what he was supposed to on the international level, but that is the bar that was set by him at the time. It is only a matter of time until it will be Kane’s.

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