Southgate makes claim about Kane’s chances of breaking England record

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Harry Kane
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Gareth Southgate has claimed he does not see how Harry Kane will fail to become England’s record goalscorer if he remains fit.

The disappointment of losing the European Championship final was followed by several weeks of uncertainty for Kane, who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer.

The Spurs striker was only reinstated into Tottenham’s starting eleven by Nuno Espirito Santo once it became clear he would be staying but the striker wasted no time in opening his account for the season with a brace against Pacos De Ferriera.

The 28-year-old has also managed to find the back of the net for England in their World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Andorra during the international break.

The penalty that Kane put away after coming off the bench against Andorra took his tally for England to 40 goals in 63 caps.

The Spurs star is now joint-fifth in the charts with Michael Owen and 13 behind the record holder Wayne Rooney, who has 53 strikes to his name.

Southgate admitted that he fully expects Kane to break Rooney’s record, revealing the striker is always eager to play.

When asked about the England captain’s chances of becoming the leading goalscorer in the nation’s history, Southgate told The Mirror after the Three Lions 4-0 win over Andorra: “He is certainly on track to do that.

“Let’s hope he stays fit and if he plays the games, I don’t see that record not being broken.

“The only insight I can give you is that when I suggested putting him on he was stood by my side about three-and-a-half seconds later with his tracksuit top off and his tie-ups on, and he was ready.

“We knew that would be the case. We didn’t necessarily want to make changes but we felt with such a good crowd, the way we wanted to send them home with more goals and excitement.

“We knew adding some of those fresh attacking players at that moment of the game, we would be able to do that. The three lads went on and had exactly the impact we hoped.”

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Like Lewandowski, I expect Kane to continue producing the goods at least until he is in his mid-thirties as he is not reliant on his pace or athleticism. So, I see him potentially scoring over 70 goals for England and over 300 goals in the Premier League before he hangs up his boots.

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