Harry Kane smashes Messi and Ronaldo record after scoring 50th England goal

Harry Kane has eclipsed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring his 50th international in just 71 matches.

England's blushes were spared after Kane's late penalty rescued them a point against Germany in Munich, having trailed for most of the second half.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker became just the second England player after Wayne Rooney to reach half a ton of goals, as well as the 72nd man in football history to reach the landmark – notably getting there far quicker than Ronaldo, who needed 114 games to do so, and Messi, who needed 107.

After the game, tributes for England's captain came pouring in on social media, with former Three Lions striker Gary Lineker leading the charge.

"50 goals for @HKane. Fabulous achievement. England play so much better when they have a go. Too much talent to play overly cautious and it doesn’t play to their strengths," Lineker tweeted.

Speaking after the game, Kane expressed his thrill at having racked up his half-century.

"A really nice feeling, you know. I had a couple of early chances in the game. Obviously the first one over the bar and then Neuer made a good save for the second," Kane said.

"I thought maybe it was one of those days but we kept going and probably played our best football in the last half-hour of the game. Physically, we were really strong and good to get the goal and just a shame that we couldn’t get the goal at the end.

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"I love scoring goals, I’ve always loved scoring goals especially for my country. Whenever I can help the team, that’s the most important thing. Good to bounce back with a result tonight, not an easy place to come and now we’ve got two games at home to try and get two wins."

Kane is now just three goals behind Rooney's all-time England record of 53, and at 28-years-old he's odds-on not only to break it, but to completely eviscerate it – but then again, we said the same about Rooney and Michael Owen, didn't we?

Jonas Hoffman gave Germany the lead on the night five minutes into the second-half with a well-taken close-range finish, but Kane converted from the spot late-on after being tripped in the box by Nico Schlotterbeck.

The draw leaves England rooted to the bottom of their Nations League group, with just one point earned form two games.

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