Wayne Rooney leads tributes as Harry Kane becomes England’s all-time leading goalscorer

It was a historic night for England and captain Kane.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 24th March 2023

The moment has arrived and, in truth, it didn’t take that long at all: Harry Kane has become England’s all-time leading goalscorer and his predecessor, Wayne Rooney, was the first to congratulate him.

On an evening where the Three Lions managed their first win in Italy for the first time in over 60 years, it was the nation’s number nine and Spurs striker Harry Kane who sealed the victory with his customary penalty which was tucked away with trademark precision, as per.

Kane’s 54th international goal saw him surpass Rooney’s record set back in 2016 when Roy Hodgson’s squad bowed out of the Euros against Iceland — the ex-Manchester United man having himself dispatched his final goal via a spot kick.

That being said, it was only fitting that the former England skipper led the tributes, wasting no time in congratulating him and joking, “I knew it wouldn’t take long but that was quick”.

Not only did ‘Wazza‘ hail Kane as a “great man, unbelievable goalscorer and an England legend” already, but the 37-year-old also went on to pen his own column in The Times the following morning.


He started by recognising that “when [he] broke the England goalscoring record, with a penalty against Switzerland in September 2015, Harry Kane was the first player to run over and celebrate with [him].

The England legend went on to mention Harry in the speech he gave in the dressing room shortly after, insisting that he “hoped the young players in the squad would come close to the record themselves” and eventually go on to move past him — Kane already clearly one who didn’t even need the encouragement.


Social media was soon awash with praise, with William Prince of Wales and president of the FA, paying tribute to the England star, writing: “A leader on and off the pitch, and now England’s record goalscorer, a testament to your brilliant career… Congratulations and here’s to many more. W.”

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While questions might remain as to whether the 29-year-old needs to move on from Spurs to win the trophies he so desires and to reach the heights he so clearly has the potential to, Harry Kane continues to prove time and time and again why he captains both his country and his club.

One thing is for sure, he’s destined to become the greatest-ever Premier League goalscorer and he’s already England’s time goalscorer, and just like Rooney before him, the celebration, the reaction from his teammates and the speech he gave after shows just how much it means to him and the Three Lions.


Congratulations, Harry — here’s to the many more that are sure to come.

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Featured Image — Harry Kane (via Instagram)/The FA/England(via Twitter)