‘Shearer should be concerned’ – Kane closer to record

Only Alan Shearer now stands in Harry Kane’s way of Premier League history.

The Tottenham striker scored his 209th goal in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday to surpass Manchester United and Everton legend Wayne Rooney and become the outright second-highest goalscorer in the competition.

Remarkably, he has reached that tally in just 317 appearances – 174 fewer games than it took Rooney to score 208.

Shearer’s long-standing record of 260 goals, which has gone untouched since his retirement in 2006, is now in the 29-year-old England captain’s sights.

Indeed, Palace manager Roy Hodgson, Kane’s former England boss, said Shearer needs to be “concerned”.

“What he has done for Tottenham has been enormous,” Hodgson said of Kane, following his side’s narrow defeat in north London.

“He is still a young man, he still has a lot of football in front of him and I’m pretty certain that Alan [Shearer] needs to be concerned about his goal record because Harry will be breathing down his neck.”

Hodgson added: “I think the only thing that could stand between him and the record will be whether he can avoid serious injury.

“Is he going to be able to get 20, 30 matches a year? Is he going to get help from his team-mates and play in a good team – which is what he has been playing in?

“If all those things take place I expect him to break the record, absolutely.”

(BBC Sport)

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