England beat Italy in reprise European Cup final, Kane top scorer of all time
In the reprise of the European Championship final of two years ago, England did win this time. A particularly weak Italy before half-time was swept aside 1-2 in Naples.
Harry Kane also crowned himself England’s top scorer of all time, after a penalty he scored just before halftime. With his 54th international goal, he left Wayne Rooney (53) behind him for good.
Debut in 2015
Kane made his debut on March 27, 2015 against Lithuania by, coincidence or not, replacing Rooney nineteen minutes before the end. Two minutes later, he headed his first international goal against the ropes.
The 29-year-old striker never disappeared from the England team after that and even crowned himself the top scorer of the World Cup in 2018 with six goals.
Before Kane’s 0-2, Declan Rice scored England’s first goal against the Italians. Kane saw his shot smothered after a corner, after which the midfielder did pull the trigger.
Italy, still led by Roberto Mancini, hoped for a fresh start after the missed World Cup, but were disappointed. In the first half, it fiercely disappointed. Just before the break, Jack Grealish even missed a dot of a chance to make it 0-3.
After halftime, Italy, which was missing many players, showed some improvement and the very Argentina-born debutant Mateo Retegui reduced the deficit.
Ten minutes before time, defender Luke Shaw received his second yellow card and that made for an exciting final phase. The Italians pressed, but the English held firm. With Kane as the celebrated man.