The last time England won the World Cup was in 1966. The Three Lions are not bullish about their chances in Qatar. It has been a bated preparation for the World Cup, with politics overshadowing the greatest single sporting event in the world. England is not getting its hopes up as they challenge to add to their 1966 conquest.
It was an exciting run for England at the last World Cup as they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Gareth Southgate will lead his troops out against Iran on Monday afternoon, hoping to kick-start their campaign on a good note. For the Three Lions, three points are not negotiable.
While there has been less talk of the trophy coming home, the discussion has centred on Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record for England. The goal record is under threat at Qatar, with Harry Kane bearing down on it. There is a high possibility that it would be thrashed into the waste bin of history by Harry Kane. Who says he cannot equal it in his first game in Qatar?
England has produced many goal-scorers. The list is rich with names like Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen. With all these illustrious names on the list, Wayne Rooney stands high above them. The Manchester United legend is England’s international top scorer with 53 goals, but it is within reach of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.
Harry Kane is keen to rewrite the record books, and Qatar seems a perfect place to do it. The Tottenham forward wants to break the record as quickly as possible at the World Cup. He said there would be no panic if the goals don’t arrive early. Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia four years ago with six goals. The Tottenham striker hopes to repeat the feat.
Wayne Rooney has 53 international goals and is only two ahead of Harry Kane. The Three Lions take on Iran on Monday, and Kane could equal or surpass Rooney’s tally. England remains favourites to finish top of Group B, which also includes the United States and Wales.
Speaking at a press conference, talks of surpassing Wayne Rooney’s record came up, with the Tottenham striker saying, hopefully, he could break the scoring record as soon as possible. Regardless, Kane wants to do his best for the team and not think much about it.
Kane also praised the team, saying they can create chances, and he needs to be ready when they come his way. He said he was lucky to play with Rooney for England many times and described him as a massive player. Kane looked up to the United legend and watched him in major tournaments.
Kane said as a striker, he’d be judged on goals, and he understands how it works, but most importantly, it’s about helping the team to win, whether by scoring, assisting or defending. He said he would do the necessary thing to win.
Kane also surmised England were up against the best in the world and spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. He concluded by saying he would try not to think about the Golden Boot and the most important thing is to win the World Cup.