'I was delighted to see it go in!' - Harry on England strike
05 September 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane claimed it was a “huge honour” to play and score for England once again in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday.
The 22-year-old front man went on as a substitute for all-time record-equalling goalscorer Wayne Rooney just before the hour mark of the Three Lions’ 6-0 victory away to San Marino for what was only his third senior international cap.
And he was soon among the goals, clipping a delightful shot over goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini from the right side of the box in the 77th minute after a through ball from Jonjo Shelvey for his side’s fifth of the game.
That strike doubled Harry’s England tally after his famous debut goal against Lithuania back in March, and he confirmed it was another proud moment for him as the Three Lions took their Group E tally to seven wins out of seven to confirm their spot at next summer’s tournament finals in France.
Delighted to get the goal and most importantly qualify for the Euros! Well done to @WayneRooney Hopefully break the record on Tuesday night!— Harry Kane (@hkane28) September 5, 2015
“It’s a huge honour to score for England, against any team,” he said.
“As soon as I took a touch on the through ball I saw the keeper rushing out, so I knew what I was going to do. As soon as it left my foot I saw it heading towards the far corner – I was delighted to see it go in!
“It’s great to be part of an England team that has qualified for the European Championship finals but there’s still a lot of work to do between now and the start of the tournament so we just have to keep going and keep improving.”
Pictured above: Harry is congratulated on his goal by Jonjo Shelvey.
As for his immediate reaction on the pitch after hitting the back of the net, Harry revealed his celebration was inspired by legendary former England striker Alan Shearer.
“After speaking to Alan Shearer last week he asked me why I don’t have my own celebration, so I said I will take his!” he quipped.
“So when I scored, I did! Maybe that will be my celebration for the rest of my career.”