Harry Kane's goal record for England deserves more respect

Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Montenegro

Harry Kane's goal record for England is simply astonishing.

In 44 games for the Three Lions, the Tottenham striker is already on 31 goals, just 22 short of matching Wayne Rooney's all-time record of 53.

Kane is already sixth on England's all-time scoring list, overtaking the legendary Alan Shearer last night after his hat-trick against Montenegro at Wembley - his second treble of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

At just 26, Kane has years ahead of him to reach and surpass Rooney's tally and it's about time his achievements in an England jersey earn the respect they deserve.

No player in the country's history has scored more goals as captain (24) and let's not forget, the guy is a World Cup Golden Boot winner.

Also, at the time of writing, Kane is averaging more goals per game for his country than the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese goal machine has now scored 98 times in 163 games, an average of 0.6, whereas Kane's record currently puts him at 0.7 goals per England game right now.

So why is Ronaldo lauded as a genius and Kane as a stat padder against the smaller nations? It just makes no sense.

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Kane celebrates

GIVEMESPORT'S Danny Ryan says: As is often the case with England players, Kane does not command the respect he deserves.

While some recognise that he is one of the best strikers the Three Lions have ever had, many simply believe he bullies inferior opposition to bolster his goal record.

Utter nonsense. What about those goals at the World Cup and that crucial winner against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League?

The guy lives for the big moments, but sadly for him, he still has that image of Raheem Sterling in acres of space next to him in the World Cup semi-final hanging over him.

Euro 2020 is the place to banish that picture from every fans' head for good, Harry.

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