Harry Kane eyes Alan Shearer’s goalscoring record and warns Tottenham rivals he’s still improving
Kane’s 267th goal for Spurs took him past Jimmy Greaves as the club’s top scorer and secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester City.
The England captain’s 15th-minute strike was also his 200th Premier League goal, leaving it just 60 shy of Shearer’s record.
“It’s always there in my mind, but I’m taking it game by game, season by season,” Kane said. standard sports. “It’s definitely there to be broken and I feel good and fit so we’ll see what happens.
“It’s been an amazing journey. I’ve been here since I was 11, it’s been 18 years of my life – a lot of hard work and dedication.
“I am extremely proud to represent this club. Scoring 267 goals and 200 Premier League goals for them is something I will never take for granted. I just have to keep going and scoring as much as I can.
“I feel like my strongest asset as a player is probably my brain. The more games I play the more experience I get and I’m only getting stronger, so I’m in a good place. “
Kane isn’t sure he can remember the 267 goals, but he hasn’t forgotten his first – on December 15, 2011 in a 4-0 away win against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.
“I don’t know [if I remember every one] but if you told me the game, I could probably tell you the type of goal,” he said. “Every goal is special in a different way and scoring goals never gets old. It’s one of the greatest feelings I’ll ever have.
“I remember my first goal like it was yesterday. It was 11 years ago now so time flies and there have been a lot of ups and downs since then. I am extremely grateful to a lot of people to still be there and play and score goals like last night.
“I dreamed of playing for Tottenham, but being Tottenham’s all-time top scorer was not something I was thinking about at the time,” he added. “It was just about trying to get into the team and playing and, when I did, it was just about trying to be consistent and perform every year, improve every year I’m still only 29 so I always feel like I have room to improve and that’s what I’m going to try to do for the rest of my career .”
Kane picked two goals against Arsenal – his second in the 2-1 win in February 2015 and a fine curling strike in a 2-2 draw in March 2016 – as his best two, but says his decisive performance was in the 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day 2015.
“Chelsea at the time were one of the best teams in Europe, they were top of the Premier League,” he said. “I had done well before that, I had scored goals against other teams but I hadn’t done so against a big team yet.
“And not just my goals, but the whole performance, it was one of my best performances in a Spurs shirt. It gave me the confidence I needed to know I could do it against no one. any team, on any stage. That was the moment I was like, ‘OK, I’m here to stay.’ I just had to make sure I was consistent and kept working hard, and that’s what I tried to do.”
Despite the absence of head coach Antonio Conte, who was in Italy recovering from surgery, Spurs battled impressively to record a fifth consecutive home win against the champions and Kane says they have now “set the standard” for the rest of the campaign.
“After the City away game, when we conceded four in the second half, we talked amongst ourselves and talked about getting back to what we’re good at, being compact, and we did that. against Fulham away and we did it again on Sunday,” he said.
“That’s the norm – if we can do it against one of the best teams in the league, we can do it against anyone. So those are the standards we’ve set now. We have to try not to fall below them in any match.
“It has obviously been a difficult week, we are all happy with his [Conte’s] the operation went well and he is recovering well. Whenever you don’t have your coach there, it’s never easy.
“We showed that we were a unit, a team. It was the type of performance where we knew what we had to do. It wasn’t going to be easy sometimes. We had to dig deep and really suffer and be together. I think that in the whole team everyone showed 110% commitment. I’m sure the coach was proud and we can be proud of that.”