Harry Kane: I love learning from Wayne Rooney - maybe he can help me break England scoring record, says Tottenham striker

Rooney scored 50th international goal on Tuesday, Kane also on the scoresheet

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Wayne Rooney's goalscoring record is less than a week old, but already Harry Kane is targeting it, and hopes Rooney can help him succeed.

Kane started his England career four years behind Rooney, making his debut aged 21 in March,  but with three goals in four appearances is already making swift progress. The Tottenham striker said, “I'm sure Wayne will score quite a few more for England, we'll see what he ends up on and it will give me a target to aim for. Hopefully one day I will break his record, but I've just got to keep focused on the short term and do the best for my country.

Kane added: "You can only learn from playing with a player like Wayne, he has been playing at such a high level for club and country for so long in his career. It is great watching him train and  how he goes about his business. He's a great role model and great professional, and I can only learn off players like that.

"It not about trying to copy his game, it's just about taking things that he does - he's very experienced, and that's something I want to become, an experienced player who has learnt the game and learn how to do things. And he's calm. He stayed calm about breaking the record, even though I'm sure he was bursting inside when he broke it. You see what he does day in, day out and I'll try to use that in my career. I want to be playing for the next 10, 15 years for my country and my club at a high level and it's great to have people like Wayne to learn from.

Assuming Rooney stays fit Kane accepts he is not going to displace him in the near future, so with a view to Euro 16 he was pleased to show against Switzerland in midweek the pair can combine successfully. “We can play well together, in the second half against Switzerland we played well and we get on well. We know each other's game.

"It's still a long way off but I've said before that if I go to France [for Euro 16] I want to go there and start, I don't want to go there and just be a squad player. I want to do well this season for club and country and take that form into the Euros. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and whenever the manager calls upon you you've got to try to repay him.

"I've just got to stay focused, there's no panic, there's no rush, there's a long way to go. I'm happy to be playing for England, I love playing for England, I'm excited to be out there on the pitch playing for England. Whenever I'm called upon I want to try to do my best for my country."

Kane was part of the England team at last summer's Euro U21 finals and although the tournament ended in disappointment he feels he learned from the experience.

"To be in a tournament environment, to be playing games every three or four days, to be getting used to hotel life, that can only help me for my international career and hopefully the Euros to come. It was definitely a gain for me personally even though the tournament didn't go too well."

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