Harry Kane England goals record: how many has striker scored - who is Three Lions all time top goal scorer?

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Following England’s win over Italy and Ukraine, Harry Kane is now the Three Lions leading goalscorer

England have kicked off their UEFA Euros qualifying campaign with two convincing wins againt Italy and Ukraine. The Three Lions travelled to Naples for their opening match and a goal from Declan Rice put England ahead. Just before half-time, Harry Kane then doubled their advantage after being awarded.

Not only did this goal put England 2-0 up before the break, but it now puts him at the top of England’s all-time leading goalscorers. Kane, 29, then found the net once again as England faced Ukraine in Wembley and the Spurs striker now sits two clear at the top of England’s leading goalscorers list with 55 goals in 81 appearanes.

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Here are the big names Kane has overtaken on his way to becoming England’s all-time leading goalscorer...

Harry Kane celebrates his 55th goal for EnglandHarry Kane celebrates his 55th goal for England
Harry Kane celebrates his 55th goal for England | AFP via Getty Images

Where is Wayne Rooney in all time highest goal scorers for England?

Wayne Rooney is now second on the list with 53 goals for his country after 120 caps.

Rooney first played for England in February 2003 and was the youngest player to have earned his first cap at 17 years and 111 days during a friendly defeat against Australia.

Just over 200 days later, Rooney then became the youngest player to ever score for England as he equalised in a 2-1 victory over Macedonia in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying match.

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Wayne Rooney scored all seven of his penalties for England. (Getty Images)Wayne Rooney scored all seven of his penalties for England. (Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney scored all seven of his penalties for England. (Getty Images) | Getty Images

Not only was Rooney the youngest ever scorer for England, but he then became the youngest ever goal scorer in UEFA Euro competition when he scored twice in England’s group stage 3-0 victory against Switzerland.

Rooney served under six captains, earning his most caps with Roy Hodgson and scoring 25 goals in his 42 appearances for the former Crystal Palace manager. He has long been considered England’s best ever striker due to his record number of goals but as it took him 120 games to reach this achievement, he may lose this accolade to Kane who took only 80 matches to reach the target.

How many goals did Sir Bobby Charlton score for England?

Third on the list of England’s all-time leading goal scorers is the 1966 World Cup legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

He has long been considered one of England’s greatest ever players not only did he win the World Cup in 1966, but he was also the winner of the Ballon d’Or.

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Almost all of his career was played at Manchester United where he scored 199 goals in his 606 appearances for the club.

Charlton made his England debut in April 1958 against Scotland, just after he had survived the Munich Air disaster. He scored a beautiful volley in England’s 4-0 win over Scotland and then went on to score both of England’s goals in their 2-1 victory over Portugal.

In England’s legendary 1966 World Cup campaign, Charlton and Roger Hunt were England’s top goal scorers in the tournament leading up to the final with three goals each.

Who is England’s fourth leading goalscorer?

BBC Match of the Day icon Gary Lineker is now fourth on England’s list of leading goal-scorers. Lineker, who scored 95 goals in his 194 appearances for Leicester, made his England debut at the age of 24 when he played against Scotland in 1984.

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The former Barcelona player then went on to become the top scorer of the 1986 FIA World Cup, scoring six goals and earning himself that year’s Golden Boot. He is the first Englishman to have won the award.

Lineker was England’s first ever play to win the Golden Boot award at a World CupLineker was England’s first ever play to win the Golden Boot award at a World Cup
Lineker was England’s first ever play to win the Golden Boot award at a World Cup | Getty Images

Lineker has scored four goals in an England match on two occasions and is one of a very few number of players to have never been given a yellow or red card in any type of game.

Lineker’s number three companion, Kane, is also a Golden Boot winner, having won the award at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, also scoring six goals.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker also became the third English player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match during England’s group stage match against Panama after World Cup winner Geoff Hurst and Lineker.

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Who else makes up England’s top 10 goalscorers of all-time?

Fifth on the list with 44 goals is England and Tottenham Hotspur legend Jimmy Greaves. Greaves has scored the highest number of hat tricks for England (6) and scored his 44 goals in the fewest caps (57).

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United footballer Michael Owen has 40 international goals to his name while Nat Lofthouse, Alan Shearer and Tom Finney all have 30 goals. Lofthouse achieved his top 10 placement in 33 caps.

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