Gareth Southgate believes it is only a matter of time before Harry Kane breaks the all-time England goalscoring record. Kane scored his 49th goal when he netted the winner in a 2-1 win over Switzerland over the weekend. The goal moved him one ahead of Gary Linekar and just four behind Harry Kane. Southgate revealed he would like to see Kane break the record in the World Cup final.
“The names he is in and amongst now are incredible. Harry will appreciate that history, it will mean a lot to him to be in and amongst those names. You have to say he looks favorite to go and do that [break the record],” Gareth Southgate said about Harry Kane. “I don’t want to put any sort of curse on that by saying any more. He wants the team to do well as well, he’s got this dual drive which means that whenever he turns up, he’s got individual ambition and there is never a camp where he looks like he doesn’t want to play. That mentality spreads through the rest of the group.”
“I would like him to break the record in the World Cup final! I think he’s quite calm about it, he’s confident he can get there, his goals-per-game record is phenomenally good. I don’t know where that compares to Jimmy Greaves, but I imagine he would be the only other player close,” he added. “Harry knows there is always going to be speculation. If he doesn’t break it before then [the World Cup], people will say he’s out of form and ask whether he should be in the team! One way or another, the focus will be on him, he’s used to dealing with it, and I’m sure he’ll be very calm about it whatever way.”