Wayne Rooney thinks Harry Kane can break the English record for the number of goals scored (Picture: Getty).

Wayne Rooney supported Harry Kane as the ideal No9 against a background of speculation that the English captain would be linked to Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has built a reputation as one of the world’s most productive goalkeepers, scoring 181 goals in all races of Tottenham since his spectacular breakthrough in the first team six years ago.

Despite his incredible personal performance, Kane has yet to win a silver medal at the boys’ club, and last month he said he wouldn’t consider staying with the Spurs for that.

United still has a long-term interest in Kane, but it is likely to be delayed by Daniel Levy’s estimate of £200 million. However, Rooney insists on building every team around his former international teammate and makes him a force to be reckoned with in the attack.

He told The Times: In the past two seasons we have seen him fall further and play the ball from behind and he is very good at that, as we saw when England beat Spain in Seville.

Wayne Rooney compared Harry Kane to the great Ruud of Nistelroy from Manhattan.

Wayne Rooney compared Harry Kane with the great Ruud van Nistelroy from Manhattan (picture: Getty).

But if I let Harry go, I’d tell him to stay as high as that number nine. His greatest strength is the finish, and he hits the ball from a distance of 20 meters or more if possible.

Harry is Rud’s closest classic number nine. If I put a team together, I’d start with him. Harry Kane: That’s my number nine. I’d build everything around him.

Kane has taken over the mantle of Rooney as England’s international mascot and is already approaching the three-lion record for today’s Derby County striker.

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I don’t think it will take long for Harry Kane to claim my record in England and it would be a proud moment for me, added Rooney, who scored 53 goals for his country.

I’ve never been a selfish player and it would be great if Harry came to England. Bobby Charlton had to wait 50 years. – I hope that’s not too long for me.

United can take longer, simply because the players don’t stay in the clubs as long as they used to. Remember, if Messi or Ronaldo came to Old Trafford for a swan song, they’d probably break it in three or four years.

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