Harry Kane (left) and Gary Lineker
Harry Kane’s goal against Denmark in the World Cup saw him become England’s joint record scorer at major tournaments.
Kane saw his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel but followed up to score his 10th goal at a World Cup or European Championship, matching Gary Lineker’s national record and creating the opportunity to break new ground in Sunday’s final.
Here, we look at the pair’s goal record on the big stage and the rest of England’s leading tournament goalscorers.
Goals: 10 Tournaments: 3 Appearances: 15
After a scoreless Euro 2016, in which Kane’s status as England’s regular corner taker caused bemusement, he hit his stride at the 2018 World Cup in Russia to lead England to the semi-finals.
The captain scored twice against Tunisia, including a stoppage-time winner, before a hat-trick against Panama and a penalty against Colombia took him to six goals and the Golden Boot.
He remains in with a chance of repeating that feat at Euro 2020 – he failed to find the net in the group stage, in which his form, fitness and confidence were questioned, but has scored in all three knockout rounds so far including a quarter-final brace against Ukraine.
Goals: 10 Tournaments: 4 Appearances: 17
The Golden Boot winner at the 1986 World Cup with six goals, Lineker got off the mark with a first-half hat-trick in the final group game against Poland before scoring twice against Paraguay and once in the memorable quarter-final loss to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.
He added four more at Italia 90, including a brace of penalties in the quarter-final against Cameroon and an equaliser against Germany before England lost the semi-final on penalties.
England did not enjoy such success in the Euros during Lineker’s career, with group-stage exits in both 1988 and 1992. Lineker did not score any of England’s three goals across the two tournaments and his substitution against Sweden in the latter marked the end of his international career, one short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s then national record of 49 goals.
England’s top scorers
Kane and Lineker are one ahead of Alan Shearer who won the Euro 96 Golden Boot on home soil with five goals and scored twice at each of the next two major tournaments.
Wayne Rooney, who displaced Charlton as his country’s record scorer, scored seven goals across four major tournaments including four as a teenager at Euro 2004. That leaves him alone in fourth on the all-time list, one ahead of Michael Owen and 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst.
Charlton scored five tournament goals, one more than Steven Gerrard and David Platt, while there are seven players tied on three goals.
Raheem Sterling has put himself among the latter group with his performances in the current tournament and the Manchester City forward now ranks alongside Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Roger Hunt and Nat Lofthouse.
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