England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed that Harry Kane is fully focused on the team’s success despite backing him to break an individual record.
The Three Lions return to action on Sunday when they take on the number one team, Belgium, in UEFA Nations League action.
Tottenham hitman Harry Kane He is ready to lead the line once again, and his goal will be to carry his remarkable form from the Premier League to the international arena.
The 27-year-old took a break for Thursday’s friendly to keep it fresh for Sunday, where he will make his 50th appearance for England and look to add to his 32-goal loot.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, South Gate He said of his talisman striker: “In terms of what’s possible, I think the goal record is really interesting because his hit rate for us is pretty phenomenal,” Southgate said, referring to Wayne Rooney’s 53-goal tally. .
“He obviously has time on his side to go ahead and chase Wayne’s record, which would be a remarkable feat in itself.
“When you look at Sir Bobby (Charlton), Gary Lineker, Wayne and if Harry can make that kind of list, then it’s a fantastic personal achievement.
“But I know from his perspective that while personal achievement is something that he’s driven towards, now it’s about the team winning.
“He’s been to a World Cup, he won the Golden Boot, but in the end you want to win as a team and he’s totally focused on that and on the team succeeding.
“I would like in the next few years to be able to look back at what the team has accomplished, as well as achieve some of those personal milestones.”
Rice condemns Mount’s reaction
Meanwhile, West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice has described the criticism Mason Mount continues to receive on social media as “very harsh.”
The Chelsea star is often criticized when England picks and teams are announced, and Rice feels direct comparisons between Mount and Jack Grealish are unwarranted.
“We don’t talk about it, but I think it’s very harsh,” Rice responded when asked about the negative social media surrounding Mount.
“I witness him here when I come to train here and I have trained with him since he was a child.
“So I know what his mindset is like, I know how hardworking he is and how motivated he is and it’s no wonder you know that Gareth chooses him, Frank (Lampard) chooses him.
“I think if you give every Premier League coach the opportunity to choose him, they also choose him because if you see day after day what he gives the team as an individual, he is a great talent, so I think the criticism is very Lasted “.
“I think if you look at Jack and see Mason, obviously there will always be comparisons, but they pretty much play in two different parts of the field.
“Mason now at Chelsea is playing like a number eight offense and Jack is playing down the left.
“I think the other night you could see that they can both play for the same team for sure and they are both great players that I think we should value.
“For the nation and for me, as someone who plays with these players, we are lucky to be able to play with such talents.”