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England boss Gareth Southgate 'feared having Wayne Rooney's family on phone' if he left Harry Kane on in San Marino rout

GARETH SOUTHGATE joked that Wayne Rooney’s family would have been on the phone to him if he had not taken Harry Kane off against San Marino.

The England manager watched on as his team smashed the minnows 10-0 to seal their place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.


Striker Kane, 28, was the hero as he firstly sealed a second consecutive hat-trick for his country before adding a fourth first-half goal.

That took the Tottenham star’s tally to 48 England goals – moving him level with Gary Lineker into third on the all-time list.

The Three Lions skipper is now only one behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49.

And he is inching closer to record goalscorer Rooney’s 53.

Kane’s night in San Marino was over after 63 minutes, something Southgate believes Rooney and his close ones will have been breathing a huge sigh of relief at.

Speaking to ITV afterwards, Southgate said: “If we left him on another half an hour, we would have had Wayne Rooney's family on the phone.

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“He is a phenomenal goalscorer, we wanted to give him the chance tonight and he took it well.”

Ironically, today marked the three year anniversary of Rooney’s last-ever game for England.

He retired from international football after winning his 120th cap against USA.

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