Gareth Southgate backs Harry Kane to become England's record goalscorer

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Gareth Southgate believesHarry Kane can become England's record scorer
Gareth Southgate believesHarry Kane can become England's record scorer / JUSTIN TALLIS/Getty Images

England manager Gareth Southgate has confessed he has faith in Harry Kane to become the Three Lions' all-time record goalscorer.

Kane bagged his 40th goal for England in the routine 4-0 win over Andorra in World Cup qualifying, leaving him just 13 behind the record set by Wayne Rooney during his 15-year international career.

The Tottenham captain was left on the bench for the qualifier as Southgate opted to rotate and rest his players against inferior opposition, but the England boss has no doubts that if Kane stays fit, he will go on to become his country's greatest ever marksman.

“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," Southgate told his latest press conference (via The Mirror). “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.”

Kane has enjoyed a standout England career thus far, becoming the key focus of the team soon after making his debut in 2015. He bagged the first of his 40 international goals against Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier, and was soon on the mark against Germany as England fought back from 2-0 down to pick up a memorable 3-2 win in Berlin.

But the highlight of Kane's career, from an individual perspective at least, was collecting the golden boot at the 2018 World Cup. He scored six times as England reached the semi-finals, and also netted four goals at this summer's European Championship - which ended in heartbreak as Italy emerged victorious in the final after a dramatic penalty shootout.