Harry Kane kept up a proud tradition of England captains scoring wonder goals from the halfway line with a sublime strike to down Juventus in Singapore on Sunday - and has now set his sights on repeating the trick in a competitive game next season.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker drilled a stunning 60-yard lob over former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus net in the last minute to secure a dramatic 3-2 win in the International Champions Cup.
David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, two of Kane’s predecessors as England captain, have both scored memorable goals from the half way line and now Kane has joined the club, even though he says would prefer to pull it off in the Premier League or Champions League next term. “Wayne has done it a few times so I’ve got some way to go to catch him,” Kane said.
“When you watch Beckham and Rooney do it, you try it yourself, especially when you are younger and yeah I have tried it a few times and it hasn’t come off but, who knows, hopefully it will be the start of me getting a few of them!
“It’s one of the best I’ve scored in my career, it being in a friendly means it didn’t mean as much, but in terms of the strike it was right up there.
“So that’s the next aim, to try and do it in a competitive match, either in the Premier League or Champions League. That would be nice.” Kane - a second half substitute - was on the bench when he heard team-mates and staff screaming at Son Heung Min to shoot from inside his own half when they spotted Gianluigi Buffon off his line in the first period.
And he said that was on his mind when he saw Szczesny had drifted out of his goal and lamped a first time shot straight over his head. “It’s just one of those things that is instinctive on the pitch,” Kane said. “To be fair there was a chance in the first half where Buffon was off his line and half the bench told Sonny to shoot from inside his own half, so it was in my mind from then and it was just one of them, it’s the last minute of the game and you have got loads of defenders around you. Lucas did well to win it back and it just fell nicely so I thought why not have a try and I knew as soon as I hit it it had a chance.
“It was nice to see that one go in. I have had a few in my career where I’ve tried it and it’s gone over the bar or it’s gone wide, thankfully it’s one of those where I’ve hit it and as soon as I looked up it was heading on target and it was nice to see it go in.”
Spurs had taken the lead when Erik Lamela tapped home the rebound after Buffon had saved Troy Parrott’s shot. Juventus hit back through goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo before Lucas Moura equalised from a fine pass from Tottenham’s new club record signing, Tanguy Ndombele.
Kane, though, would have the last word.