Darren Bent has hailed Harry Kane’s “absolutely extraordinary” achievements for Tottenham and England – but claimed Wayne Rooney is better.
The former Spurs and Three Lions striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has tipped the 27-year-old to break goal-scoring records both domestically and on the international stage.
Rooney currently sits as England’s top scorer with 53 goals for the Three Lions, while Alan Shearer is the all-time Premier League goalscorer with 260 strikes to his name.
However, Bent believes that as an all-round striker, Rooney in his prime was better than both the Tottenham star and Newcastle United legend.
Bent told Football Insider: “Listen, Kane’s one of the very, very best. I mean, in my opinion, he will go on to break Rooney’s England record quite easily.
“If he stays fully fit and plays for another 10 years or so, there’s no reason why he can’t break Alan Shearer’s Premier League record. His record is incredible, 149 goals in 217 Premier League games is extraordinary, absolutely extraordinary.
“He’s worked hard. I think he’s probably playing the best football of his career at the minute, I’m a big fan of his. Is he the best English Premier League striker of all time? For me, it’s all-round and I think it’s difficult because for me, Rooney all-round was the best.
“Rooney was superb but that’s no slight on Harry Kane, Harry Kane is absolutely tremendous, if you talk about centre-forwards around the world, he’s one of the very, very best.
“So listen, he is playing really well, Spurs are benefitting from it, England are benefitting from it so it’s happy days for everybody.”
Kane has already netted 13 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season, with seven of those strikes having come in the Premier League.
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