Lineker congratulates Kane on 'making 48 club' and hopes it reminds fans England icon 'doesn't just flog Walkers crisps'

GARY LINEKER congratulated Harry Kane on joining him in the 48 Club – but knows they will not be there together for long.

Kane, 28, smashed in four goals as England thumped San Marino 10-0 on Monday night.

Those strikes took him from 44 to 48 for the Three Lions – level with one ex-Spurs striker in Jimmy Greaves to another in Lineker.

And the Match of the Day host hopes Kane's latest achievement reminds fans he had a decent career on the pitch before flogging Walkers crisps.

Lineker, 60, tweeted: "Hello @HKane, welcome to the 48 goal club.

"I suspect your membership will expire within minutes, but it’s been a pleasure to have you alongside."

Lineker watched on as Kane smashed in all four of his goals against the lowest-ranked footballing country in the world within 15 first-half minutes.

That included two penalties and followed up his treble against Albania on Friday night.


Thankfully for Lineker – and record-holder Wayne Rooney on 53 – Kane was replaced by Reece James on 63 minutes, meaning he could not add to his tally until the March international break.

Lineker wrote: "Well that’s very considerate of Gareth Southgate. Taking off @harrykane so I can bask in the great man’s glory for a few months."

Southgate said: "If we left him on another half an hour, we would have had Wayne Rooney's family on the phone.

“He is a phenomenal goalscorer, we wanted to give him the chance tonight and he took it well.”

Of Kane's 48, exactly one-third have come in 2021 with a record-breaking 16 in the calendar year.

The Tottenham forward was previously level on 12, joined by George Hilsdon in 1908, and Dixie Dean in 1927. 

He also became the first person to score four in an England game since Ian Wright in 1993, again against San Marino.

Broadcaster Danny Baker tweeted his 'sympathy' for Lineker, seeing one of the world's best strikers smash goals past part-timers.

He said: "I do sympathise with @GaryLineker.

"It's like a great ring champ having to watch his tally of knock outs bested because we're now in an era when heavyweights can regularly box against under-12s."

But Lineker responded brilliantly: "No sympathy needed.

"Plenty of strikers will pass my tally, but every time they do it reminds younger people that I once played the game reasonably well, and don’t just talk about it and flog crisps."

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