Harry Kane equaled England’s record with his 53rd goal, scoring in the World Cup quarter-final to move alongside Wayne Rooney.
Kane equalized by converting a second-half penalty against France in Qatar.
But the 29-year-old fended off the chance to overtake Rooney when he missed a second kick later in the game.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker scored his first England goal 79 seconds after debuting in 2015 – the year before Rooney scored his last goal.
Kane has achieved his tally at a remarkable pace, with his latest coming just his 80th cap.
Against France, Kane coolly drilled the first penalty into the bottom corner from 12 yards to make it 1-1. But he went a second over the bar as England led 2-1.
Kane has been in stellar shape for England since March 2021, scoring 21 times in 29 games, including seven in the space of four days in World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino in November last year.
He now jointly leads a group of six Englishmen to have scored over 40 goals for the Three Lions.
Ellen White is England’s top scorer, having scored 52 goals in 113 appearances before retiring after winning Euro 2022.
With 49 goals to his name, Sir Bobby Charlton held the men’s record for 45 years until it was surpassed by Rooney in 2015.
Kane scored just three England goals when Rooney broke Charlton’s record but has scored at a phenomenal rate since.
Of the six players to score 40 or more goals for England, only Jimmy Greaves has done so at a faster rate – one every 1.3 games compared to Kane’s 1.5.
His record includes six at the World Cup in Russia in 2018, making him the third Englishman to win a Golden Boot at a major tournament, along with Gary Lineker at the 1986 World Cup and Alan Shearer at the Championship. Europe in 1996.
He also broke a number of other England records, including scoring an unprecedented 16 goals for his country in a calendar year in 2021.
Kane still has some way to go if he is to challenge the world international goalscoring record, held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals in 196 appearances for Portugal.
His international achievement comes amid what is shaping up to be another prolific club season, with his 13 goals in 22 games in 2022-23 taking his Spurs goal tally to 261 in 408 games.
His 195 league goals means he is third in the Premier League’s all-time goalscoring list, 65 behind record holder Shearer.