Tottenham record holder Harry Kane has admitted that Alan Shearer’s Premier League haul is now in the offing in his clearest indication yet that his future lies in England.
Kane made history in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City with his 15th-minute effort, passing Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time top scorer with 267 goals for his boyhood club.
It also saw him reach the 200 Premier League goals mark and the striker is 60 shy of Shearer’s record in the competition.
Doubts remain about Kane’s future at Tottenham with his current contract set to expire in 18 months and known suitors from Bayern Munich, but the England captain has hinted his desire is to remain in his home country.
“I’m sure they’re talking about it,” Kane said of Shearer’s record.
“It’s always there in the back of my mind, but I take it game by game, season by season.
Alan Shearer (260)
Wayne Rooney (208)
Harry Kane (200)
Andrew Cole (187)
Sergio Aguero (184)
“It’s definitely there to break and I feel good and fit so we’ll see what happens.
“It has been an incredible journey. I have been here since I was 11 years old, 18 years of my life, a lot of work and dedication.
“I am extremely proud to represent this club and scoring 267 goals for them and 200 Premier League goals for them is something I will never take for granted. I just have to keep it going, score as many as I can and see what happens from there.”
Kane addressed Spurs fans inside the stadium at full time following the win over City before returning to the dressing room and was congratulated by manager Antonio Conte by phone.
Conte underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder on Wednesday and watched Italy win.
Kane added: “He was on the phone there and he just congratulated me on the achievement and just said he was proud of all the guys.
“It’s not easy when you don’t have your coach there. It’s obviously been a tough week, we’re all happy the surgery went well and he’s recovering well.
“We show that we are a unit, a team. I’m sure he was looking proud. It was the kind of performance where we knew what we had to do.
“It wasn’t going to be easy at times, we had to dig deep and really suffer and stick together, but I think across the whole team everyone showed 110 percent commitment.”
The win over City represented Tottenham’s first win against a top-six opponent this season, and even fourth-placed Newcastle triumphed against Spurs in October.
Inconsistency has ruined Conte’s side, but they are now within a point of Eddie Howe’s Magpies and appear to have momentum following three consecutive league and cup wins.
“We talked (after City’s 4-2 win on January 19) about being good again, being compact and we did it against Fulham away from home and we did it again,” Kane said.
“That is the standard. 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 game.
“Clean sheets are really important, they win games. We feel like we have enough firepower to score and from top to bottom we have to make sure we keep the ball out of the net.”