Harry Kane, Ellen White: England strikers both eyeing goal scoring record

Harry Kane and Ellen White

England strikers Ellen White and Harry Kane have opened up on what it means to play for their country.

The pair have both scored 41 times for England and have their eyes firmly set on the respective national team records.

White needs just five more to match Kelly Smith’s tally of 46, while Kane is now 12 off Wayne Rooney’s record of 53, having only played 64 games.

As two of England’s finest forwards of this generation, the pair spoke to one another about their national team memories, experiences of playing at Wembley, and more.

White missed the Lionesses first-ever game at Wembley but played and scored in front of more than 77,000 fans against Germany in 2019. England lost the game 2-1, but the striker says the feeling of playing in front of such a large crowd was “just insane.”



She elaborated further, saying: “It was amazing to have family and friends there as well and to have everyone there supporting us. We’ve been to tournaments where you have some people who hate England so it was nice to have everyone who was there supporting us for a change!”

Kane’s memories are similar, and the 28-year-old remembers scoring on his debut. “I was waiting on the bench, desperate to come on. I had all my friends and family there and I managed to get on and I managed to score,” he recalled.

“It was almost what you dream of as a kid coming through. It is hard to put it into words how great a feeling that was really.”

The England captain also remembers his own game against Germany at this year’s Euros, describing it as a moment he will never forget.

“The atmosphere, the feeling after the game, to hear the fans singing Sweet Caroline was pretty special, so for sure Wembley holds a real special place in my heart.”

White is hoping for the same atmosphere at next year’s UEFA Women’s Euros, which will be held in England. The tournament was postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there is hope that stadiums will be at full capacity by the time the competition gets underway.

“We have a home Euros so it will be crazy if we had the atmosphere that you guys had. We have loads of games around the country so it will be amazing to have fans there.”

Kane says there’s no greater feeling than doing well in major tournaments, having come agonisingly close to tasting silverware with England in this year’s men’s Euros.

Though it wasn’t to be on this occasion, fingers crossed the Lionesses can go one step better next summer.

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