6 Reasons Why Harry Kane Might Have Been Better Off Not Scoring On His England Debut

The meteoric rise of Harry Kane continued with a goal just 80 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania on Friday night, but would the Tottenham scoring superstar have been better off not finding the net?

Kane continues to get better and better and has all of the qualities required to have a long and successful England career, but as these six examples show, scoring on his first appearance for his country isn’t exactly a great sign – as that’s exactly what these six underwhelming examples did.


Francis Jeffers

Arsenal’s ‘Fox In The Box’ was already seeing his Gunners career unravel by the time he made his England debut at Upton Park against Australia in 2003; a match more memorable for Wayne Rooney’s England debut.

One young Scouser set up another for the goal, but Jeffers’ header couldn’t prevent a 3-1 defeat.

What happened next? Nothing. Jeffers never played for England again. YET!


Shaun Wright-Phillips

On as a substitute for Nicky Butt, Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips – considered one of the outstanding youngsters in the British game – scored this stunning goal just 19 minutes into his debut against Ukraine at St James’ Park in 2004.

What happened next? Wright-Phillips won 36 England caps, scoring six goals (the other five all coming at Wembley) but a multi-million pound move to Chelsea in 2005 stalled his game somewhat, and he’s been warming the QPR bench since 2011.


Kieran Richardson

After an impressive spell on loan at West Brom from Manchester United, Kieran Richardson was drafted into Sven-Goran Eriksson England squad in 2005, and responded by scoring a fine free-kick on his debut in a friendly against the United States in Chicago.

What happened next? He scored again, but then never did so again for England despite winning seven more caps.


David Nugent

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Goals in the Championship with Preston North End were enough to convince Steve McClaren to call David Nugent into his England squad in 2007, and the forward responded by tapping in a goalbound effort from Jermain Defoe to seal a 3-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona. Underwhelming is definitely the word.

What happened next? Nothing. Nugent joined Jeffers in being one of only three men to score on their one and only substitutes’ appearance for England. Still time to change that though…


Rickie Lambert

Much of Rickie Lambert’s career has taken place to the backdrop of people calling it a fairytale, and that reached new heights when he rose to head home this Wembley winner just moments after coming on for his debut against Scotland in August 2013.

What happened next? He’s scored two more goals in 11 appearances for England, who also took him to the World Cup last summer. However, his move to Liverpool has severely limited his playing time and he’s been left out of Roy Hodgson’s current squad.


Andros Townsend

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The Tottenham winger made his international debut as a starter against Montenegro in October 2013, responding with an assist and a fine goal in a 4-1 win.

What happened next? He’s earned six caps for England, scoring twice and apparently being solely responsible for his country getting to the 2014 World Cup if you believed some of the summer’s punditry stints. He might be in the current squad, although it’s sometimes difficult to tell.