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Kanes magical all-time record as goal-scoring freaks game to forget sparks stunning claim: EPL Wrap


Harry Kane became Tottenham’s all-time record scorer as his 267th goal for the club sealed a 1-0 win against Manchester City that severely damaged the champions’ bid to retain the Premier League title.

Kane’s historic first-half strike at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium took him past Jimmy Greaves into sole possession of the hallowed record.

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Greaves had held the milestone since 1970 before Kane moved level with him in his previous appearance against Fulham on January 23.

Kane’s landmark moment also made him only the third player to score 200 Premier League goals after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).

Kane (R) celebrates after scoring. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

Kane (R) celebrates after scoring. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

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Harry Kane celebrates his 267 goal as the all-time record goal scorer. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

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It has been an unforgettable period for Kane, who drew level with Rooney as England’s joint record scorer on 53 goals when he netted against France at the World Cup in December.

Passing Greaves had become increasingly inevitable for the prolific Kane, although ironically City could have ended his record chase if they had been successful in their attempt to sign him in 2021.

However, Kane’s remarkable goal feats seemed a distant dream during a difficult start to his career that featured several failed loan spells before he finally emerged as a star.

Greaves, who died aged 81 in 2021, is regarded as one of the most natural goalscorers in football history.

A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, who netted 44 times for his country, Greaves is the highest scorer in English top-flight history with 357 goals.

For Kane to be alongside such a legendary player is a tribute to his predatory instincts and his perseverance.

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Kane made history. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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“It’s hard to put into words and I’m so glad it came in a win,” said Kane.

““It’s a magical moment. To do it in front of the home fans it is a moment I’ll never forget.”

The 29-year-old’s first Tottenham goal came back in 2011 against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

If that was a low-key way to start an incredible career, his record strike carried far more significance.

Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Everton on Saturday had given City renewed hope they could overhaul the leaders.

But instead Kane’s 19th goal in all competitions this season leaves second-placed City trailing five points behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand and host Pep Guardiola’s men in a crucial clash on February 15.

Without boss Antonio Conte after emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder, Tottenham were led by his assistant Cristian Stellini and this result surely lifted the recuperating Italian’s spirits.

Tottenham’s win moved them within one point of fourth-placed Newcastle as they chase Champions League qualification.

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It took Kane just 15 minutes to make history as Rodri’s careless pass on the edge of the City area allowed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to rob Manuel Akanji.

Hojbjerg slipped his pass to Kane and, with immortality in his sights, the striker guided a slightly scuffed low shot past Ederson with typical efficiency.

Sprinting away to soak up the acclaim, Kane waved towards his family, who were sitting below a scoreboard emblazoned with the message “Congratulations Harry” alongside pictures of him celebrating previous goals for the club.

The England captain was serenaded by Tottenham fans chanting “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own” as the product of the club’s youth academy walked back to the centre circle beaming a broad grin.

City’s response was laboured and Guardiola grew tetchy on the touchline, ranting in frustration after the subdued Erling Haaland opted to pass instead of shoot.

Haaland had no shots or touches in the 1-0 defeat, the first time that had happened this season, with Gary Neville telling Sky Sports the goal-scoring freak is “not getting the service he deserves”.

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Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, went as far as to claim Haaland “may have actually picked the wrong club”.

“He might have picked the wrong club to get the best out of him,” Carragher told Sky Sports after City’s loss.

“You are laughing but we are not seeing everything from Erling Haaland at Manchester City. Not because of Erling Haaland.

“We can say they are a different team, but they have scored exactly the same amount of goals. He has scored 25 Premier League goals but Man City as a team have scored the same amount of goals, but they have conceded more.

Haaland did not have much of an impact. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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