LONDON – It had taken Harry Kane 81 caps to become England’s leading goalscorer as he stroked home a penalty against Italy in their Euro 2024 qualifying win on Thursday. In September 2015, Kane was in Wembley’s dressing room as Wayne Rooney gave a speech to his England colleagues after scoring a then-record 50. “You can pass me in the future,” Rooney said that night to Kane.
Early in February, Kane became Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, eclipsing the legendary Jimmy Greaves. Still to turn 30, Kane has conquered his personal horizons but unlike Rooney, who retired as one of English football’s most decorated players with 53 goals in 120 internationals, he has yet to lift a trophy.