Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane completed a dream England debut a with a goal just 80 seconds after being introduced off the bench, prompting Gary Lineker to joke on social networking site Twitter:
50 more touches and Harry Kane will beat Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) marzo 27, 2015
The 21.year-old striker has undoubtedly been the Premier League’s standout rising star this season, scoring 19 league goals including a double in the 2-1 North London victory over Arsenal.
Calls for an England call-up have been mounting over the past few months, and boss Roy Hodgson duly obliged by naming Kane in the squad for Lithuania and an intriguing friendly clash with Italy.
Against the Baltic nation, Kane started the encounter watching on from the substitutes’ bench as the Three Lions dominated the visitors and took a healthy 2-0 lead going into the interval.
The second-period followed a similar pattern to the first, and the Wembley crowd no doubt began to question how many they could win by and whether the Spurs scorer would get his chance.
After Raheem Sterling put the hosts 3-0 up, Kane’s number came up on the fourth official’s board and his introduction was met with a huge round of applause from the delighted supporters.
80 seconds later, Kane opened his account as he was left unmarked in the penalty area to nod in an inviting Raheem Sterling cross - sending both supporters at Wembley and on social networking sites into delirium.
Similarly to Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert, Kane couldn’t have asked for a better international debut and questions will arise now as to just how far he can go in terms of England goal-scoring records.