Where Kane ranks among England’s all-time top goalscorers

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Harry Kane has established himself as one of England’s greatest strikers — but where does he rank in the all-time goalscoring charts?

Skipper Kane is well on the way to becoming the Three Lions’ most prolific marksman. 

The Tottenham star has made startling progress since his international debut back in 2015, blasting his way up the list of legendary finishers with top spot now in his sights.

But just when may Kane take on the mantle of England’s greatest goalscorer? Who is he battling against? Which have been his greatest goals?

As England look ahead to their World Cup opener against Iran, we turn the spotlight on the clinical forward. 

How many goals has Harry Kane scored for England?

Kane has scored 51 goals in 75 appearances for England. 

His first Three Lions strike was on his debut, when he came on as a substitute against Lithuania for current record scorer Wayne Rooney, nodding in a header a mere 79 seconds after entering the fray. 

He would only find the net six times in his opening 17 games for the Three Lions but has since bagged 45 times in just 58 appearances — testament to how potent a finisher he has become in recent years.

Harry Kane’s first England goal came on his debut against Lithuania in 2015

Kane, 29, has five England hat-tricks to his name. 

His first came against Panama at the 2018 World Cup and he bagged trebles against Bulgaria and Montenegro in Euro 2020 qualifying a year later.

More recently, he struck back-to-back hat-tricks against Albania and San Marino in last year’s World Cup qualifiers.

His 16 penalties are the highest total scored by any England star, usurping Frank Lampard’s previous record of nine. 

On a slightly quirkier note, Kane is one of only three players to have scored for England on every day of the week, along with Rooney and Lampard.

Who is England’s all-time top goalscorer?

Rooney currently tops the England goalscoring charts with 53 goals.

He sits two goals ahead of Kane and four ahead of Bobby Charlton, the 1966 World Cup winner who saw his 49-goal tally lead the way for 45 years before being overtaken by Rooney.

Gary Lineker is the Three Lions’ fourth-highest goalscorer, sitting just one goal behind Charlton on 48 strikes.

Wayne Rooney is England’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals

What are Harry Kane’s best England goals?

Although typically known for his poacher’s instinct, a few of Kane’s England goals do stand out from the rest.

A man for the big occasion, Kane notched the first goal of England’s iconic 3-2 comeback win in Germany in 2016 and silenced a raucous Hampden Park with a stoppage-time equaliser against Scotland one year later.

His tournament record is also impressive, notching six times at the 2018 World Cup to take the Golden Boot before firing four in at Euro 2020, where he led England to the final in fine fashion.

And he has shown remarkable coolness from the spot at major tournaments — huge penalties against Colombia (2018) and Italy (2021) were dispatched with impressive confidence.

Kane is truly one of the modern game’s greats.   

Source: Livescore

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