Joey Barton claims Wayne Rooney was ‘levels and levels above’ Harry Kane after the Tottenham man broke his England scoring record, as the Bristol Rovers manager also places Alan Shearer and Michael Owen above him
Despite his achievement, Barton felt Kane was a lesser player than the former United man, as he tweeted: ‘People comparing Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane?
‘WR in a completely different stratosphere. Levels and levels and levels above.’
He then included a list of minor teams Kane had scored again and noted that 18 of his 55 goals were penalties, meaning that the striker only had ‘four goals in decent games’.
Harry Kane became England’s all-time record scorer with a penalty against Italy
The Tottenham man now has 55 international goals after adding another against Ukraine
Barton did not provide a similar list for Rooney, and failed to mention Kane’s excellent record at major competitions that includes a World Cup golden boot.
In another tweet, the Bristol Rovers manager added: ‘Respect what Harry Kane has done but let’s settle down on the Goal Record.
‘Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, [were] all light years ahead as marksmen. Then Rooney just a well better player.
‘The last World Class Englishman. Bellingham has a chance to be world class of current mob.’
The majority of ex-players seemed to disagree with Barton, with Rooney labelling Kane ‘an England legend’, while Lineker and Shearer both offered their congratulations.
For Joey Barton, the previous record holder Wayne Rooney is still the better player
The Bristol Rovers boss claimed Rooney is in a ‘completely different stratosphere’
He also listed a number of England forwards as better ‘marksmen’ than Kane
Even the ever-composed England captain seemed moved by his new record, as he said after the game: ‘It means everything. I was so excited to put the England shirt on, get back out here and get the campaign started for next year’s Euros.
‘It had to be a penalty, and once it hit the back of the net, huge emotion. A magical moment.
‘It’s just a great night, we haven’t won in Italy for so long. To score and win is so special.’
England will next be in action for two more Euro qualifying games against Malta and North Macedonia in June.