Isn’t Harry Kane supposed to be out of form?
In completing his hat-trick against Bulgaria on Saturday, the Spurs hitman surpassed Geoff Hurst and Stan Mortensen in the all-time goalscoring charts.
With 25 goals in 40 England appearances Kane now has Wayne Rooney in his crosshairs.
Rooney smashed 53 in 120 – breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s 49-goal standard that had stood for 45 years.
After 40 games, however, even Rooney had scored 11 fewer than Kane now has.
Throw in the fact that, as the consummate professional, Kane’s lifestyle is nowhere near as colourful as Rooney’s, and it is easy to see why north London’s finest is on course to make himself the undisputed king of Three Lions.
If only he’d start paying attention to those landmarks.
“It’s only when you guys let me know that I find out about the records,” he said.
“I don’t want to distract myself from what’s the most important thing which is the team and, obviously, performing on the pitch week in and week out for club or for country.
“With our team, the explosive players we’ve got and the chances we are going to create, I’m always going to get opportunities. I’ve got to make sure I’m sharp and in the right place to put them away.”
At least he was aware that he’d nudged one ahead of Hurst and two in front of Mortensen.
“It’s a great milestone to reach, something I’m very proud of. But I’m always looking forward for the next one, the next set of goals, to see if I can get to 30 – how quick I can get to 30, and go from there.
“We have another game on Tuesday where I feel we will be able to create chances, so, hopefully, I can get a couple more.”
Wembley saw Kane’s 13th hat-trick for club and country, 11 for Spurs and two for England.
Following suggestions he dived to try to win a penalty in the north London derby against Arsenal last week, it was left to his team-mate Danny Rose to underline just why the nation should cherish him.
“People should focus on his goal record and what he offers to any team across the world,” said Rose, “We should relish watching him.
“I don’t want to put pressure on Harry but when he is in the team, you are guaranteed goals and a leader who will give everything. It is a privilege to be with him.
“He is really dedicated. He does not drink, he does not go out. He does extra every day and works on his left foot and right foot and when things are not going right at our club, he is the first one to say what we need to do in the changing room. He is literally the first player in and one of the last out and is a great privilege to play with him.
“Harry is mentally very strong. He is strong willed and for sure he will never pay attention to anything negative said about him.
“In the same way he will never get carried away with the plaudits so he is literally the ultimate professional, the best professional I have ever trained with or played with.
“His record for club and country is no co-incidence. You saw the standard of his penalties on Saturday – that is what he works on every day. It is typical him just to respond in the way that he did by scoring a hat-trick.”