The English fans were up on their feet on the 71st minute. No, it wasn’t that the English team were already up by 3 goals to nil. It wasn’t in recognition for the rejuvenated Rooney who has turned his season around when it looked bleak being ignored into a midfield role by Van Gaal for the likes of Van Persie and Falcao. It wasn’t because the English team was finally playing smooth football against undeniably small minnows.
They were up for a 21 year old man coming from the town of Chingford. As Rooney shook hands with the youngster, the whole stadium erupted with a roar of anticipation. And it took just 80 seconds before the young man from Tottenham Hotspurs scored his first England goal on his debut.
That man is none other than Harry Kane. He is simply having an amazing season. Indeed, after the loss of Gareth Bale, Spurs fans might have been forgiven if they would ever see a brilliant UK player zipping on the field. It simply says a lot for the youngster to be Spur’s main striker having supplanted both internationals Emmanuel Adebayor and Robert Soldado.