has thanked ‘special man’ for his praise after replacing the legend as England’s record goalscorer.
Kane became England’s all-time leading goalscorer as he helped the Three Lions open their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a .
The Tottenham striker but finished with aplomb this evening after the visitors were awarded a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time.
Kane’s record-breaking goal put Gareth Southgate’s side 2-0 up after West Ham midfielder Declan Rice scored an early opener.
Italy, who , began to fightback after the break, halving the deficit through Mateo Retegui and then pushing for an equaliser after Luke Shaw was sent off for a second yellow card.
But England held on to kick-start their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a victory and record a 50th win under Southgate, who became the third manager to reach that milestone for England.
After Kane surpassed him as England’s all-time leading goalscorer, Rooney tweeted: ‘Congratulations to Harry Kane on becoming England’s all-time leading goalscorer.
‘I knew it wouldn’t take long but that was quick! Great man, unbelievable goalscorer and an England legend. Congrats Harry.’
Responding to Rooney’s comments, Kane said on Channel 4: ‘Big thanks to Wayne for that.
‘I was on the pitch when Wayne broke the record. I know what it meant to him and I was so proud of him.
‘I remember when I gave him the boot for breaking the record, he said he would be giving it back to me one day. A special man.’
Spurs legend Kane added: ‘It means everything to me [to get the record]. I was so excited to put the England shirt on, get back out here and get the campaign started for next year’s Euros.
‘It had to be a penalty, and once it hit the back of the net, huge emotion. A magical moment.’
England play their second Euro 2024 qualifying match on Sunday as Ukraine visit Wembley.
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