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Cundy says Harry Kane will overtake Rooney's England record

Jason Cundy has claimed Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane will overtake Wayne Rooney’s England record.

However, appearing on talkSPORT, the pundit said the former Manchester United striker underachieved for England.

Rooney currently sits at the top of England’s all-time top goal-scorer list with 53 strikes.

Meanwhile, Kane is already on 40 goals from just 63 appearances, just 13 short of the Derby County manager.

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Cundy believes the Spurs centre-forward will overtake his fellow countryman with ease.

However, the pundit was far from happy with the retired attacker, claiming Rooney should have scored more for his country.

When talking about Kane and Rooney, Cundy said: “He underachieved. How on Earth can Harry Kane be within touching distance of Rooney? How can he get close? He’s going to overtake Rooney.

“He’s not a better player than Rooney, I just think Rooney did not achieve his full potential. Wayne Rooney should be on 60, 70 maybe 80 goals for England.”

Cundy is partly right about Rooney and Kane

It is hard to argue against what Cundy has said about Rooney and Kane.

Should Rooney have scored more international goals? Most certainly.

You only have to look at his World Cup to see how badly he underperformed on the international scene.

So, in that regard, Kane has most certainly outperformed his fellow striker and will almost certainly overtake him.

But, here is where Cundy is wrong.

Football has shifted since the early 21st century. Football is very heavily attack-focused.

Strikers nowadays score international goals for fun compared to 10 to 12 years ago, when Rooney was at the height of his powers. Just ask Robert Lewandowski and Romelu Lukaku.

You could say defending has taken a back seat, causing greater attacking opportunities.

So, while Cundy is right about Kane overtaking Rooney and the 35-year-old having underperformed, there is a very good reason why.

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