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Harry Kane records for England & Spurs: The main ones broken and those he’s on course to set

By Harry Edwards

Published: 19:30, 14 November 2021

Harry Kane is an exceptional striker no matter what his doubters may try to have you believe.

Even when the England and Tottenham Hotspur forward isn’t having the best spell of his career, you can always back him to score goals. Once dubbed a one-season wonder, Kane has been banging the goals in for club and country since breaking through at Tottenham and he has seen a number of records tumble along the way.

But what are these records? And is there anymore that Kane is on course to break?

Broken

Most competitive goals for England

Let’s start with the most recently-broken record, which came in the first half of England’s 5-0 win over Albania in World Cup qualifying. Kane, who hasn’t had the best season for Tottenham Hotspur, is a guaranteed start for England in almost any game and he showed why at Wembley.

A first-half perfect hat-trick put England out of sight in the opening 45 minutes, but also moved Kane to the top of one particular Three Lions scoring list. Kane has now scored more competitive goals for England than any other player, beating Wayne Rooney’s record of 37, with the Tottenham striker extending his tally to 39.

Tottenham’s all-time top Premier League goalscorer

Of course, English football didn’t start in 1992, but the creation of the Premier League is a good building point for records in the modern era. And in the modern era there has been no better goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur than Kane.

In a 4-0 thrashing of Everton in January 2018, Kane overtook Teddy Sheringham as Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League, netting his 98th league goal for the club. Since that strike, Kane has taken his tally to 167 in 252 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, a record he is likely to hold for some time.

Tottenham’s all-time top European goalscorer

Leading in England and on European shores. Given Tottenham’s presence in Europe has been more consistent in the past decade due to their higher positioning in the Premier League table, it’s understandable that Kane will have a better chance of being the club’s top scorer in Europe than the likes of Sheringham, Jimmy Greaves and even Robbie Keane.

Kane once again has a commanding lead in the standings though, with 43 goals in European competitions for Tottenham, currently 20 clear of second-placed Jermain Defoe’s 23. In contrast, Jimmy Greaves and Robbie Keane both scored nine European goals for Tottenham, while Sheringham didn’t get the chance to even play in Europe in Spurs’ colours.

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Most Premier League goals in a calendar year

Although football is played in seasons, sometimes players have to be commended for their performances across a calendar year, such as Lionel Messi scoring 91 goals in 2012.

Kane’s best calendar year came in 2017, in the Premier League at least, when he netted 39 times for Tottenham – a ridiculous amount when you consider the league only ran for 10 months in the year and the Englishman didn’t turn up in August. The previous record was held by Alan Shearer, who netted 36 times for Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Best Premier League start

Mohamed Salah has had an excellent start to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign but it still pales in comparison to how quick Kane came out of the traps last season.

Perhaps aided by the fact the season didn’t start in August, Kane was directly involved in 13 goals in Tottenham’s opening six Premier League games in 2020/21, scoring five and recording eight assists. That’s more than any player has managed for their club in the Premier League.

Best 100% record in the Premier League

It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re a Premier League club Kane is going to score against you. The Englishman has played against 30 different clubs in the Premier League so far in his career, and he has found the net against every single one.

Leicester are his favourite opponents, with Kane scoring 15 goals in 12 games against the Foxes, while the Englishman has scored one in one vs Middlesbrough. While some players have scored against more Premier League sides, no one has as many as Kane without failing to find the net against an opponent.

Joint-most England goals in a calendar year

Moving onto the records Kane holds but not outright, the striker has scored the joint-most goals for England in a calendar year, netting 12 in 2019. He holds the record alongside George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.

England’s joint-top scorer in major tournaments

No player has scored more goals for England in major tournaments than Kane’s 10. Kane holds the record alongside Gary Lineker, drawing level with the former Everton and Barcelona man thanks to his penalty in England’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Still to be broken…

England’s all-time top goalscorer

Kane may be England’s all-time top goalscorer in competitive football but he still trails Rooney in the outright list. The hat-trick against Albania took Kane up to 44 England goals in total, drawing him level with Greaves in fourth.

Next in his sights will be Lineker’s 48, with Bobby Charlton (49) and Rooney (53) between Kane and history.

Premier League all-time top goalscorer

Aside from England, this is the record everyone has backed Kane to beat at some point in his career, though he is still some way off. As mentioned, has scored 167 goals in the Premier League, which is enough to place him seventh on the all-time standings at the moment.

Thierry Henry sits directly above him with 175, while overtaking Frank Lampard (177) would put Kane into the top five. But, standing clear of everyone else and just under 100 away is Shearer’s record of 260. Kane is still only 28 and could do it with five 20-goal seasons, which he is capable of, but the Tottenham striker does need to get back on track.

Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer

A record Kane is closer to beating, but also may not break (depending on his future) is that of Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer. Kane currently sits second in the standings, just 38 behind Greaves, having netted 228 goals in 352 appearances for the club.

However, as mentioned, Kane would need to stay at Tottenham probably longer than this season if he is to take the record.

Tottenham’s all-time top league goalscorer

If Kane does stay and become Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer, he would also go some way to becoming their top scorer in league football.

Although he is less than 40 away from Greaves’ overall record, Kane is still some way off the legend’s tally in league football. Kane’s 167 goals is only enough for third for Tottenham as things stand, nine behind second-placed Bobby Smith (176) and a massive 53 off Greaves’ 220.

Most Premier League Player of the Month awards

Although they aren’t the biggest of individual awards, the amount of Premier League Player of the Months a footballer wins can be used as a measurement of their success and quality.

Kane has won Player of the Month a total of six times, receiving the award in January 2015, February 2015, March 2016, February 2017, September 2017 and December 2017. Although it has been almost four years since Kane last won the award, he is still second on the list of all-time winners, level with Steven Gerrard. Just one more would see Kane tie Sergio Aguero at the top of the list.

Most Premier League away goals

Kane has scored just one Premier League goal this season, coming at St James’ Park against Newcastle. It was Kane’s 88th away goal in the Premier League, moving him one clear of Alan Shearer.

Now only Rooney sits above Kane having scored 94 away Premier League goals, but Kane could have that beaten by the end of the season in 100 fewer matches!

Most goals for a single PL club

Another record that Kane would only be able to break if he stays at Tottenham, the Englishman is just 17 goals behind Aguero for most Premier League goals scored for a single club.

Kane has netted 167 for Tottenham, with Henry currently protecting the top three on 175 goals for Arsenal, behind Rooney (183 for Man Utd) and Aguero (184 for Man City).

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