How Harry Kane’s England record compares to Wayne Rooney’s

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Harry Kane appears destined to surpass Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top scorer.

At this point, it’s more of a question of when – rather than if – the Tottenham striker will surpass the Manchester United icon in the annals of Three Lions history.

Kane, 28, has plenty of years left in him at the top level – and he’s just five goals away from surpassing Rooney’s record.

It’s seven years since Rooney scored his 50th goal at senior international level, a penalty against Switzerland that saw him break Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-held England record. 18 months later, Rooney went and broke Charlton’s Manchester United record.

It’s unthinkable that Kane is yet to lift a major trophy, given his historic goalscoring record. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that by the time he retires he’ll be England’s all-time top scorer, Tottenham’s all-time top scorer and the Premier League’s top scorer – but will he have the silverware to go alongside his incredible individual exploits?

He’s made no secret of his desire to write his name into the history books, speaking about breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League record as well as Rooney’s for England.

“I want to play as many games as possible. I’ll be ready whenever I’m needed,” Kane said in his latest Three Lions press conference.

“I would love to break that record. Hopefully, with the games we have this year, that will be possible. I am in a really good place at the moment.”

But how does Kane’s overall England record compare to Rooney’s? We’ve compared their records in terms of goals and assists and compared them in terms of games and minutes played, penalties, friendlies, major tournaments and more.

Here’s how the bare numbers stack up against one another.

Harry Kane

Games: 68
Starts: 59
Sub appearances: 9

Goals: 49
Assists: 14

Penalties scored: 14

Minutes per goal: 109
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 149
Minutes per goal or assist: 83

Major tournament appearances: 17
Major tournament goals: 10
Major tournament assists: 0
Major tournament penalties: 3

Minutes per goal in major tournaments: 146
Minutes per non-penalty goals in major tournaments: 208
Minutes per goal or assist in major tournaments: 146

Friendly goals (proportion of total goals): 6 (12.24%)

Wayne Rooney

Games: 120
Starts: 109
Sub appearances: 11

Goals: 53
Assists: 21

Penalties scored: 7

Minutes per goal: 169
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 194
Minutes per goal or assist: 120

Major tournament appearances: 21
Major tournament goals: 7
Major tournament assists: 2
Major tournament penalties: 1

Minutes per goal in major tournaments: 220
Minutes per non-penalty goals in major tournaments: 257
Minutes per goal or assist in major tournaments: 171

Friendly goals (proportion of total goals): 16 (30.19%)

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