Harry Kane is fifth overall in England’s all-time scorers chart, but he could surpass Wayne Rooney’s competitive record for the Three Lions against Andorra.
Kane has found the net nine times in 13 appearances in 2021 for Gareth Southgate’s men to leave him 12 goals behind Rooney (53) as England’s top scorer.
However, the Tottenham forward has 36 goals to his name in international competitions – one less than Rooney – before the trip to the Estadi Nacional on Saturday.
Kane is also a little scared of becoming the second player to score 10 or more in two separate calendar years for the Three Lions, after Vivian Woodward in 1908 and 1909.
But comparisons between Kane and Rooney will likely be the center of attention in the coming months, as the England captain aims for his records – starting with this competitive benchmark.
Kane faster at this point
Since opening his account on his debut against Lithuania in March 2015, Kane has scored 36 times in 53 competitive appearances, averaging one goal every 118 minutes.
In contrast, Rooney played 21 more games for his 37 goals, scoring once every 156 minutes on average after playing 1,545 extra minutes.
Kane, still awaiting his first Premier League goal of the season, only needed 82 shots on target to reach his 36-goal mark, with Rooney needing 32 more to reach his score.
Overall, Rooney attempted 99 more shots than his counterpart, resulting in a 13.8% conversion rate. Kane turned 21.3 percent of his 169 shots into goals.
Kane delivers on the biggest stage
Rooney may have scored five more goals than Kane (25) in the major tournament playoffs, but the latter shines when it comes to headline events.
Despite having played only one World Cup, Kane impresses ahead of Rooney in terms of goals in the final, his six to win the 2018 Golden Boot overtaking that of the former Manchester United striker in three tournaments. between 2006 and 2014.
While Kane’s goals weren’t enough thereafter to see England beat Croatia in the semi-final in Russia, the current Three Lions captain also guided his team to their first major tournament final in 55. years at Euro 2020.
However, Rooney (six) scored two more European Championship goals than Kane, scoring four times at Euro 2004 as he briefly became the youngest goalscorer in tournament history.
Nonetheless, Kane outperforms Rooney by three in major tournaments, having proven to be the man of great opportunity on the international stage.
Rooney filled his boots with five competitive goals against San Marino, against which Kane has only scored once, but England’s top scorer has four against Croatia and Switzerland.
Kane’s best goals have been his four against Bulgaria and Montenegro, although he scored three in one game against Panama in the World Cup.
Similar two-star finishers
Oddly enough, Kane and Rooney have almost identical records when it comes to the distribution of their goals.
The pair each scored four points with their left foot and 24 with their favorite right boots, with Rooney heading nine-to-eight for Kane.
Kane’s long-distance finish against Poland last time was his only outside goal so far, while Rooney scored six goals from outside the box – two of them being free kicks.
Rooney also has six from the penalty spot, where Kane has proven particularly prolific, his 10 conversions over 12 yards allowing him to quickly get close to another big guy.