(Reuters) – England coach Gareth Southgate has backed Harry Kane to overhaul Wayne Rooney because the nation’s all-time main scorer after the Tottenham Hotspur striker netted 4 objectives in Monday’s 10-0 demolition of San Marino within the World Cup qualifiers.
England booked their place in a seventh successive World Cup finals with their win over San Marino as Kane took his worldwide tally to 48 objectives and moved joint-third on the all-time record with Gary Lineker.
The 28-year-old, who scored a hat-trick in opposition to Albania final week, is 5 objectives behind report scorer Rooney.
“I believe that can positively be one in all his objectives,” Southgate advised reporters on Monday.
“And the exceptional factor is we’ve not given him the alternatives of nights like tonight (in opposition to lower-ranked groups) too usually… He understood that, however he has big private ambitions in addition to the staff ones.
“He confirmed once more the medical nature and the mentality he has acquired. It’s virtually not ‘if’ he’s going to interrupt the report however ‘when’. And what he would possibly do with it as soon as he’s past that time.”
Kane took his calendar-year haul for England to a brand new report of 16, turned the primary England participant to attain back-to-back hat-tricks since Tommy Taylor in 1957 and the primary to attain 4 in a match since Ian Wright in opposition to San Marino in 1993.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing By Shri Navaratnam)