Kane vs Rooney: Can the Tottenham star already compete with England's best?

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has had a wonderful first full season as a first team regular. Here's how his stats compare with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

On Sunday at Old Trafford, two of England's great striking hopes will be in direct competition with each other. 

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane are at different stages of their respective careers, but they are expected to play prominent roles for club and country over the coming years.

Rooney has been a world-class star for some time now, with the striker one of the most high-profile players in football. 

Kane, on the other hand, is only just starting out, but his reputation has grown exponentially over his first full season playing regularly in professional football. 

Kane has bagged 16 goals in the Premier League this campaign and his performances have stunned Tottenham supporters.

The 21-year-old has burst onto the scene and become one of the deadliest strikers in the country, and he has actually surpassed Rooney in a number of areas.

  GoalsAssistsDribbles per gameShots per gameChances created per gameScoring V Shooting AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Harry Kane 16 3 1.41 3.2 0.83 20.77% 24 1687
Wayne Rooney 10 4 1.25 2.2 1.54 18.86% 24 2113

Kane is taking more shots per game than his more experienced counterpart, while he is also more accurate with his finishing.

In the build-up, Rooney has created more chances for his team-mates, but Kane's direct threat is shown by his willingness to run at defenders. 

It shows just how talented Kane is already and the future looks hugely exciting for the Spurs academy product.

Kane's performance will be key for Spurs if they are to get anything against United this weekend, and if he can continue to outperform Rooney then it will put the Lilywhites in a good position to get three points and move closer to the Champions League spots. 

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