Harry Kane struck a late goal to secure England a 1-1 draw against Germany, surpassing both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the list of the fastest to reach 50 international goals.
Kane’s penalty-kick goal was his 50th in an England shirt, and he has done so in just 71 appearances for the Three Lions. He is the 72nd player in the history of his country to score 50 goals, but the pace with which he has done so is genuinely astounding.
Kane has surpassed Messi and Ronaldo’s records by scoring 50 goals for his country in less than 100 games. The England captain has also reached the half-century mark ahead of Neymar and Robert Lewandowski.
Kane’s 50 goals in 71 appearances are fewer than those of Neymar (74), Lewandowski (81), Asamoah Gyan (103), Ronaldo (114), and Lionel Messi (121), demonstrating how important the Tottenham striker has been for his country. Kane’s 50 goals are more than the rest of his current England teammates combined, demonstrating his dominance on the international scene.
But Kane has his sights set on another England record, which he may be able to surpass before the start of the Premier League season. As Kane closes in on a new record, Wayne Rooney will be wondering how long he will remain England’s all-time leading scorer.
Rooney scored 53 goals for England, but Kane will match that total with a hat-trick, with so much more to give for his nation. Kane may retire as the Premier League’s top scorer as well as England’s leading striker.
The Tottenham striker presently has 183 goals in the Premier League, so his Premier League objectives aren’t far off. Alan Shearer, who played for Blackburn and Newcastle scored 260 goals in the Premier League, to retire as the league’s all-time scorer.
Kane is only 77 goals away from achieving his target, which may seem daunting at first, but at his current rate, he might achieve it in the next four seasons. That, though, will be primarily determined by his future at Tottenham and whether or not he wants a transfer elsewhere.
Kane was extensively linked with a move to Manchester City last summer, which may have increased his goal count even further. Tottenham may now breathe a sigh of relief as City have signed Erling Haaland, putting an end to another summer raid.
The following is a list of the players who have scored 50 international goals for their respective teams in the quickest time:
- Harry Kane, England (71 Games)
- Neymar Jr, Brazil (74 games)
- Robert Lewandowski, Poland (81 Games)
- Asamoah Gyan, Ghana (103 games)
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (114 Games)
- Lionel Messi, Argentina (121 Games)