Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by Smudger, Mar 23, 2023.
Nice to see ex Watford youth lads scoring for England.
Happy to oblige all of those who would like to put Kane's record in perspective.
I can confirm that Jimmy Greaves was England's top scorer, if you exclude friendlies and penalties and measure ability by goals per 90 mins.
In fact, he trounces the next 4 in the top 5 (as usually quoted) even Crisp Boy/Immigration Activist (sorry @Filbert).
Thanks for that mate, I thought this probably was the case.
Thank you for raising the matter. I was suprised just how much better Greaves was, when you just consider non-penalty goals per 90. I'm just sorry I never got to see him in action.
Just to point out that the distinction between competitive games and friendlies was not as marked in Greaves’s day amongst players fans or the media as it is now. With fewer matches generally and no subs, it was always an honour to be picked for England and almost every game was viewed as important.
Greaves may not have played as wide a range of teams as Kane but just watching him with the ball and his positioning and craft he's the best. Lord knows how much he'd command in the market today. You can't teach that control, IQ and spatial awareness.
englandstats.com | 780 Jimmy Greaves (1959 - 1967)
Ryan Porteous helping Scotland beating Spain ..
Be a good confidence booster for him.
Or more likely probably means he’ll be rubbish Saturday!
'A special night'
FT: Scotland 2-0 Spain
Scotland defender Ryan Porteous was a colossus tonight, in just his third international appearance.
"Obviously, it's a special night against a really top team," he told BBC Sportsound. "We all believed as a squad we could pull it off and games at home in this type of competition you want to pick up points and fortunately we have.
"The crowd obviously played a massive part and we’re grateful to them as well.
"It's one game, it puts us in a good position, we've picked up six points but there's a lot of football left to be played."