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Kane has Rooney in his sights after brace at Nottingham Forest

Harry Kane vows to chase down Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in the Premier League’s all-time scorers’ chart after drawing level with Andy Cole on 187 with his brace in Tottenham’s win at Nottingham Forest

  • Harry Kane scored twice at the City Ground to ensure Tottenham’s 2-0 victory
  • England captain missed penalty in second half after Steve Cook handled the ball
  • Two goals mean he moves level with Andy Cole in the all-time scorers’ chart
  • The England star admitted he has Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer in his sights  

Harry Kane vowed to chase down Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in the Premier League’s all-time scorers’ chart after he pulled level with Andy Cole’s 187 goals.

The England captain scored twice as Tottenham won 2-0 at Nottingham Forest to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. He also saw a second-half penalty saved by Dean Henderson after Steve Cook handled.

Shearer scored 260 times in the competition for Blackburn and Newcastle, while Rooney’s 208 goals is now Kane’s next target.

Harry Kane scored twice to draw level with Andy Cole in the Premier League’s scorers’ chart

‘[It is] still a long way away for sure, I feel fit, I feel like I’ve got many more years left in the locker,’ Kane said. ‘Every season I want to score goals and be amongst those names we just saw there and I’m excited for the challenge.

‘Alan and Wayne are two of the best strikers England have ever had so even to be in that category is nice for me but I want to keep pushing myself and see how far I can go. So far it’s been a good start to the season.’

Spurs manager Antonio Conte said: ‘Harry has to be our point of reference on the pitch at every moment, he has to be the leader for this team and I think he is working very well. He is totally involved in this project and to have him in this form makes us stronger and more confident.’

Despite having a penalty saved, the England captain still managed to score a brace at Forest

On the win, the Italian added: ‘The game was really tough. To play in this stadium is not easy, there is a lot of noise around the pitch. We suffered. 

‘It is not easy to come here and get three points and it is another clean sheet for us. The players are improving in their resilience.’

Cook was fortunate to escape a red card after VAR official Stuart Attwell checked replays of his handball on the line with Kane about to head in Ivan Perisic’s cross.

Kane said: ‘If that isn’t denying a goalscoring opportunity then I don’t know what is. I’m surprised with the decision.’

Kane’s first half effort was well taken and set Tottenham on the path to a convincing win

The Tottenham forward now has Wayne Rooney next in his sights in the goal scoring charts

Forest boss Steve Cooper said: ‘That’s the mentality I want from the players, that’s how we want to play. We did a lot of good things in the performance today.

‘What we didn’t do was the hardest bit and threaten the goal enough. For all the positive things people will say, we do those things to try to score goals and we didn’t do that today.’

Cooper did take exception to Richarlison ball-juggling during the closing minutes, which resulted in Brennan Johnson taking him out.

‘I wouldn’t want my players to do that. If that’s accepted at Spurs then that’s nothing to do with me but it wouldn’t be accepted here,’ he said.

Alan Shearer remains a significant number away but Kane admitted to being excited by the challenge of catching him




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