Harry Kane still has 'eight or nine years' at the top as he targets Euro 2028 success

England striker, 30, believes he can follow the example of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and get better well into his thirties

Harry Kane is England's record scorer with 58 goals. Getty
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Harry Kane says he is hoping to be in top shape for another "eight or nine years" and wants to spearhead England's attempt to win the European Championship on home soil in 2028.

With 58 goals in 84 internationals, Kane is England's record goalscorer and widely regarded as one of the best finishers of his generation.

He will be a month shy of his 35th birthday when the 2028 Euros kick off, said it would be a "dream come true" to win the tournament having lost the 2020 final to Italy at Wembley.

"The perception in sport or football is that you hit 30 and people start to think it's the end," the Bayern Munich striker said after the UK and Ireland were named Euros hosts on Tuesday.

"But the way I am looking at it is that I almost have the second half of my career now.

"I've had nine or 10 years at the highest level and I'm hoping for another eight or nine years.

"With recovery, sports science and the way the game has adapted, it has allowed players to play for longer," added Kane, who turned 30 in July.

Kane cited Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as examples of players who were still performing at the highest level in their thirties.

"When you look at a lot of the top-level players – Ronaldo, Messi, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic – they have almost got better as they hit 30," he added.

"Everything is maybe settled in your personal life, family, kids. You are comfortable with your body and you are comfortable mentally, where you are at. That just allows you to focus on the football."

England face Australia in a friendly at Wembley on Friday before resuming their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign against Italy on October 17.

Gareth Southgate's side sit top of Group C after five games on 13 points.

Italy, Ukraine and North Macedonia are all level on seven points with Malta propping up the group on zero points.

Updated: October 11, 2023, 8:15 AM