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Where Kane ranks among England's all-time top goalscorers
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Matthew Hill

Harry Kane has established himself as one of England's greatest strikers and he is now confirmed as his country's most prolific marksman.

Skipper Kane tucked away a first-half penalty in the 2-1 victory in Italy on Thursday night to reach the historic milestone.

To celebrate the Tottenham talisman climbing above Wayne Rooney to claim the all-time record, we turn the spotlight on the clinical forward. 

How many goals has Harry Kane scored for England?

Kane has scored 54 goals in 81 appearances for England, just above Rooney at the top of the all-time list.

His first Three Lions strike was on his debut, when he came on as a substitute against Lithuania for Rooney, nodding in a header a mere 79 seconds after entering the fray. 

He would only find the net six times in his opening 17 games for the Three Lions but has since bagged 48 times in just 64 appearances — testament to how potent a finisher he has become in recent years.

Harry Kane's first England goal came on his debut against Lithuania in 2015
Harry Kane's first England goal came on his debut against Lithuania in 2015

Kane, 29, has five England hat-tricks to his name. 

His first came against Panama at the 2018 World Cup and he bagged trebles against Bulgaria and Montenegro in Euro 2020 qualifying a year later.

More recently, in 2021 he struck back-to-back hat-tricks against Albania and San Marino in World Cup qualifiers on the road to Qatar.

His 18 penalties are the highest total scored by any England star, usurping Frank Lampard’s previous record of nine. 

On a slightly quirkier note, Kane is one of only three players to have scored for England on every day of the week, along with Rooney and Lampard.

What are Harry Kane’s best England goals?

Although typically known for his poacher’s instinct, a few of Kane’s England goals do stand out from the rest.

Kane notched the first goal of England’s iconic 3-2 comeback win in Germany in 2016 and silenced a raucous Hampden Park with a stoppage-time equaliser against Scotland one year later.

His tournament record is also impressive, notching six times at the 2018 World Cup to take the Golden Boot before firing four in at Euro 2020, where he led England to the final in fine fashion.

At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he netted in the last-16 clash with Senegal and the quarter-final against France.

But despite levelling for Gareth Southgate's men against Les Bleus, Kane fired his second penalty kick of the game over the bar to send the Three Lions crashing out of the tournament.

England's top five goalscorers

1. Harry Kane (54)

2. Wayne Rooney (53)

3. Bobby Charlton (49)

4. Gary Lineker (48)

5. Jimmy Greaves (44)


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