Harry Kane: Jimmy Greaves’ family send touching message after Tottenham goalscoring record smashed
The England captain scored a first winner in the Premier League home game against Manchester City to move to 277 career goals in a Spurs shirt in his 416th appearance for the club in all competitions, breaking the tie with the late icon Greaves whom he originally paired with his last winner against Fulham last week.
Greaves scored 266 goals in 379 appearances for Tottenham between 1961 and 1970, with two more scored in the Charity Shield thrashing of Ipswich in 1962 not counting as competitive strikes in official club records.
Greaves – an England legend and member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad – sadly died in September 2021 aged 81, having also thrived for Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham during an illustrious career and later become a successful broadcaster.
In a statement released on Sunday evening, his family sent a heartwarming message of congratulations to Kane after such an extraordinary achievement, saying they were delighted that he was the one to finally break a record not seen in over half a century. . .
“We are proud that Jimmy’s record has stood for over 50 years and know he would have been happy for Harry to be the one to break it after all this time,” read the statement from Greaves’ wife, Irene, and children Lynn, Andy, Mitzi. and Danny.
“Congratulations to Harry from the Greaves family.”
The 29-year-old Kane’s Premier League goalscoring mark now stands at 200, just eight behind second-placed Wayne Rooney and 60 behind all-time leader Alan Shearer.
He overtook Andy Cole for third place on the list in September and now has 19 goals in total for the 2022/23 season, including 17 in the top flight.
Kane – who made his debut for Spurs in 2011 and has had loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester – is also currently tied with Rooney as the national team’s all-time top scorer. English men after scoring for the 53rd time at senior international level in the World Cup quarter-final loss to France in Qatar in December.
He will hope to achieve another record in Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine next month.