Harry Kane becomes England’s joint-record goalscorer with Wayne Rooney after netting his 53rd goal for the Three Lions from the penalty spot… but it’s a night of heartache after missing another spot kick in defeat by France
Harry Kane equalled Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record after netting his 53rd goal for his country but ended the World Cup quarter-final against France distraught after his costly late penalty miss.
The England skipper, earning his 80th cap, smashed home his first spot-kick to make it 1-1 after Bukayo Saka was brought down in the area.
But, with Gareth Southgate’s side trailing 2-1, he then missed the chance to break the record by blasting a second penalty over the crossbar in the 84th minute as England bowed out of the competition.
Harry Kane levelled Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time record goalscorer with his second-half penalty
The Spurs star netted his 53rd goal for the Three Lions in their World Cup defeat to France
Rooney was among those to offer his support to the Tottenham striker.
He said on Twitter: ‘Absolutely gutted for the lads but proud of the way they’ve played this tournament and they should be proud. Congratulations to @HKane on equalling the record, he’ll be on his own soon and couldn’t think of anyone better to take over. Keep your head up Harry.’
England midfielder Jordan Henderson added on ITV: ‘We know how many penalties Harry has scored, how many goals he has contributed for us to get us here. He scored the first one.
‘He will be stronger for it in the long run, I’m sure. He’s a world-class striker, our captain, and we wouldn’t be here without him.’
Spurs tweeted: ‘Head up Harry, we’re so proud of you.’
Kane was unable to surpass Rooney’s record from the penalty spot after England were awarded a second penalty later in the game
Kane made his senior international debut in 2015, scoring just seconds after coming off the bench in a Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania.
The 29-year-old won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, where his six goals helped England to the semi-final.
He then went on to score in each of the knockout games at Euro 2020, captaining Southgate’s side in the final as they lost on penalties to Italy.
Kane grabbed his first goal of the 2022 finals in the 3-0 win over Senegal in the last-16 and has gone on to match Rooney’s haul at Al Bayt Stadium.