Wayne Rooney expects Harry Kane to break his goal-scoring record for England

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Harry Kane was prolific in the international break for England.

Wayne Rooney expects his place as England’s record goalscorer to be handed over to Harry Kane inside the next “two or three years”.

Rooney scored 53 goals in an England shirt, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s previous mark of 49 along the way.

But he believes current captain and Tottenham striker Kane, who already has 26 at the age of 26, to pass him sooner rather than later.

“I never take goals for granted, I love scoring them. Once I got to 35 for England, I could feel the record getting close,” he told the Wayne Rooney Podcast.

“I don’t think it’ll stand for 50 years like Bobby Charlton’s, I think Harry Kane, possibly the next two or three years will… He’s a fantastic goalscorer and his record for England is fantastic.

“When I got the record and then went back for my last game I said it would be an honour to go and present him like Bobby Charlton presented me with the golden boot and I’m sure it won’t be before too long.”

Rooney, coming to the end of his time with DC United before a return to England with Derby, has been enjoying watching Gareth Southgate’s England side sweep all before them in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Southgate appears capable of turning potential into prizes, something Rooney’s ‘Golden Generation’ was unable to do.

However, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer believes that had someone like current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola managed that squad, things could have been different.

“I watch them (England) with excitement and happiness when they are winning,” he said. “You look at our team 10 yeas ago and arguably we had the best group of players in world football.

“Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, (Steven) Gerrard, (Paul) Scholes, (Frank) Lampard, (David) Beckham, myself, Michael Owen – our team then, if we had a Guardiola with that group of players, we’d have won everything, no doubt about it.”

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Didier Drogba (l).

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba discussed on Thursday his candidacy for president of Ivorian Football Federation at a press conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Drogba, 41, became a legend at Marseille and Chelsea before retiring in 2018 at Phoenix Rising. He also represented Les Elephants 105 times from 2002-14, scoring 65 goals.

The former centre forward has now set his sights on leading his nation’s football association.

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Head coach Tite is expecting another “great game” when Brazil take on Peru for the first time since the Copa America final on Wednesday.

The two countries met twice in this summer’s tournament with Brazil winning on both occasions, including a 3-1 victory to claim their ninth Copa America title.

Tite told a press conference he was expecting a different type of game from the previous meetings.

He said: “Peru has grown a lot in the qualifiers. It has grown as a team. Consolidated.

“(Ricardo) Gareca has been doing great work. It will be a great game again.

“They may lose some players, (Paolo) Guerrero, but there are other players with quality. The basic structure of the team remains.”

When asked whether Peru will be out for revenge, Tite said: “If I were on the other side, I would have that feeling of revenge, but with loyalty.”

Tite is expected to make changes from the team which drew 2-2 with Colombia on Friday, with Neymar scoring his first goal of the season.

Peru boss Ricardo Gareca will be without striker Paolo Guerrero for the clash in Los Angeles.

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