Harry Kane has said he is up for the challenge of trying to achieve the feat of recording a century of goals for England.
The 29-year-old became his country’s greatest-ever goalscorer when he shattered Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 with a penalty against Italy last week, and followed it up with a 55th in Sunday’s win over Ukraine.
Reaching a century is possible because the Tottenham striker, who has 82 caps to his name, says he wants to represent his country for as long as possible.
The Tottenham striker now leads a group of six Englishmen to have scored more than 40 international goals. Of those, only Jimmy Greaves scored his at a faster rate – one every 1.3 games, compared with Kane’s 1.5.
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Questioned on whether he could reach three figures before hanging his boots, England captain Kane said to PA Agency: “Getting 100 will be tough for sure, but I never count out anything.
“I am still young – I am 29, I am still fit and strong. I want to play for England for as long as I can.”
“Every game there is I will be putting myself forward to try and play,” added Kane.
“We will take it step-by-step. The next step will be trying to get into the sixties.”
“A hundred is not out of the question. It will be extremely tough but we will have to see how the next few years go.”
Kane set an English calendar-year record with 16 international goals in 2021.
The England international’s tally for his country includes six at the 2018 World Cup that earned him the Golden Boot at the tournament.
“I am extremely passionate about my country – I love playing for England,” said Kane.
“To think of all the English legends and strikers that have played the game and to be number one now is just beyond my dreams.”
“Playing for England is special and to have this record is special.”
“I don’t think I dreamed this far. I dreamed of playing for England and scoring for England – to be record goalscorer was not even in my dreams.”
“I have had so many great moments and hopefully there are more to come.”
The London clubs’ striker sits second in the Premier League goal scoring chart by scoring 21 this season, behind Haaland who sits at the apex with 28.
Meanwhile, England will play Malta and North Macedonia in June in their next two Euro 2024 qualifiers.