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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: 22:15, 15 August 2022

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 are there anymore that Kane is on course to break?

Broken

Joint-most goals for a single Premier League club

Let’s start with the most recently equalled one, so it isn’t outright yet but will be in a matter of matches. Kane was Tottenham’s hero at the weekend, scoring an injury-time header to secure a 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in what was a fiery affair.

With the full-time whistle bringing a post-match scuffle and there being controversy before the goal, it may have flown under the radar that Kane had scored his 184th goal in the Premier League. Not many players have scored more than him in the Premier League (more on that later) but no one has scored more Premier League goals than Kane for a single club. Kane’s header drew him level with Sergio Aguero for Manchester City, moving one clear of Wayne Rooney’s 183 for Manchester United.

One more goal and Kane will be in a league of his own.

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 184 in 281 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, a record he is likely to hold for some time.

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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 44 goals in European competitions for Tottenham, currently 21 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.

Most away Premier League goals

It was only March 2022 when Kane broke this record but his goal against Brighton gave Kane the outright most away goals (95) in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney had previously held the record with 94 but Kane surpassed that record in over 100 fewer appearances and with a few years at the top level ahead of him. Adding two more since then, including one at Stamford Bridge, Kane should hit 100 away goals by the time the Premier League breaks for the World Cup in November.

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.

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Best Premier League start

Mohamed Salah 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.

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 seven times, receiving the award in January 2015, February 2015, March 2016, February 2017, September 2017, December 2017 and March 2022. That last one not only ended a four-year wait but also brought Kane level with Aguero at the top of the list of Premier League Player of the Month winners.

Most competitive goals for England

It’s not just Tottenham getting the benefits of Kane’s goalscoring. In England’s 5-0 win over Albania in World Cup qualifying last year, Kane scored a first-half perfect hat-trick to put the Three Lions out of sight – but it also moved the striker top of one particular 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 44.

Joint-most England goals in a calendar year

Moving back 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. His goal against Germany in the Uefa Nations League took his tally to 50, surpassing Bobby Charlton.

Only Wayne Rooney has scored more goals for England now with 53, but Harry Kane looks set to beat his record in the near future. At his current rate of goals per game, it would take Harry Kane five more games to become England’s top scorer. England have two more games before the World Cup, against Germany and Italy, so we may be looking at the record being broken in the group stages in Qatar.

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 184 goals in the Premier League, which is enough to place him joint-fourth on the all-time standings at the moment.

Aguero is alongside him on 184, with Andrew Cole scoring just three more than that. But, standing clear of everyone else and just under 100 away is Shearer’s record of 260. Kane is still only 29 and could do it with five 20-goal seasons, which he is capable of, but the Tottenham striker might need to kick on a little to beat Shearer’s record.

Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer

A record Kane is closer to beating, and could feasibly break this season, is that of Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer. Kane currently sits second in the standings, just 17 behind Greaves, having netted 249 goals in 388 appearances for the club.

Eighteen more goals for Kane is not impossible this season, especially if Tottenham get a good run going in the Champions League and cup competitions. Kane hasn’t scored fewer than 20 goals in a season for Tottenham since 2013/14 when he played 1,465 minutes in 27 appearances, his final campaign before breaking through.

Tottenham’s all-time top league goalscorer

If Kane does 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 has surpassed Bobby Smith’s tally of 176 goals but is still a massive 36 off Greaves’ 220. He’ll definitely need to stay for a season or two to manage this.

Most Premier League Golden Boots

Another individual award, in 2020/21 Kane scooped up the Premier League’s Golden Boot and Playmaker Award, ending the campaign with the most goals and assists. While the latter was a new trophy for the cabinet, the Golden Boot is one that Kane had won before. Twice previously, in fact.

Now on three Golden Boots, Kane is just one more top scorer award away from levelling Thierry Henry in winning the most in the Premier League era. But Kane is also fighting Mohamed Salah, who joins the Englishman on three Golden Boots.

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