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Euros: Record-breaker Harry Kane could reach 80

It was an historic evening for England in Naples on Thursday night, recording their first away victory against the Azzurri since 1961 and, in the process, Harry Kane became his country's all-time leading scorer. 

The Tottenham striker scored the second goal of a 2-1 win in the Three Lions' opening Euros qualifier, surpassing Wayne Rooney as his country's all-time leading scorer. 

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What

European Championship

Where

Germany

When

Friday 14th June to Sunday 14th July

How to watch

BBC and ITV

Odds

Germany 11/2, France 11/2, England 6/1, Spain 15/2, Italy 11/1

Captain Kane can open a big gap 

Bobby Charlton's England scoring record lasted for 48 years and now the top spot has changed hands twice in half a decade. 

Wayne Rooney was the first player to pass Charlton's 49 international goals, with the former Everton and Manchester United star finding the net 53 times in 120 appearances for the Three Lions. 

Kane's international stats make his new record even more impressive, with 54 goals in just 81 caps for the Tottenham frontman. 

The current captain is still only 29 and potentially still has two major tournaments ahead of him, especially if England continue on the same kind of form they have been showing under Gareth Southgate. 

So just how much further can Kane push the record? In eight years as an England player, he has 54 goals and if he was to maintain his progress and steer clear of injuries, then reaching 80 is a possibility, and you can back over 79.5 goals at 10/1.

The fact that the Spurs ace takes penalties and sometimes free-kicks will also play a significant part in his attempts to blow the previous record out of the water. 

There are nine more England matches for the remainder of 2023 and with fixtures against the likes of Malta and North Macedonia, he could be over the 60-goal mark by the turn of the year. 

Up next for the Three Lions and their captain is a home clash with Ukraine on Sunday, with the skipper 13/5 to score the first goal at Wembley. 

How does Kane compare with his predecessors? 

Fans from different eras have always debated who is the best England player of all-time and the strikers will be judged on their goal records. 

Kane tops the goalscoring table and his stats make for impressive reading, but there are others who might not have netted as many goals but have a better scoring record. 

England's leading scorer has 0.67 goals per match, while three other players in the top-10 have a better goals-per-game record. 

Vivian Woodward – who played for his country between 1903-1911 – scored 28 goals in 23 appearances, which is 1.38 goals-per-game. 

Jimmy Greaves is fifth on the list, with 44 goals in 57 caps at a rate of 0.77 goals-per-game, while Nat Lofthouse scored 30 goals in just 33 appearances, playing his last international game in 1958 and ending his England stint with 0.91 goals-per-game. 

Trophy makes Charlton stand out

It's former Manchester United star Charlton, though, that many will say remains the standout name on the list and for three reasons. 

Charlton was not a striker, more of an attacking midfielder, and the time it took to break his record shows how impressive his tally was, especially with there being fewer matches in European Championships and World Cups. 

More importantly, Charlton is the only one of the top-10 that has won a trophy with his country, being part of the 1966 World Cup winning team. Greaves was also part of the squad but failed to appear in the latter stages. 

Kane will hope to follow in Charlton's footsteps and become a World Cup winner in 2026, with England currently 8/1 to lift the trophy in three years' time.

The England skipper is still some way off becoming the world's leading international goalscorer. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds that honour, leading the way with 120 goals after improving his record tally with a brace in Thursday's 4-0 win over Lichtenstein.

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