Tottenham record-breaker Kane feels he can still reach another level – and explains importance of Chelsea double in 2015

KANE: I’M ABLE HARRY KANE feels he can still reach another level after becoming Tottenham’s greatest-ever goalscorer.

The England captain made it 267 strikes for the North Londoners with the winner in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

Harry Kane broke Jimmy Greaves’ record against Manchester City
It took the 29-year-old one past the previous record set by legendary striker Jimmy Greaves in 1970.

Kane first hit the back of the net for Spurs in December 2011 against Irish side Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

Asked if he could ever have imagined back then that he would go on to become the No1 goal-getter in the club’s history, the forward replied: “Absolutely not.

“I dreamed of playing for Tottenham but I don’t think you ever think about records.

Conte rings Kane to congratulate him on breaking Greaves’ record
“Being Tottenham’s all time top goalscorer is not something I was thinking about back then.

“It was just about trying to get in the team and play and when I did it was just about trying to be consistent and perform every year, improve every year.

“I’m still only 29 so I still feel like I’ve got room for improvement and that’s what I’ll try to do for the rest of my career.”

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Kane also reached 200 Premier League goals with his 15th-minute strike that downed City.

That haul has come in just 304 games – including three goalless matches on loan at Norwich – meaning he has reached that milestone faster than any other player.

At the end of the City win, Antonio Conte congratulated him over the phone from his sickbed in Italy where the Spurs boss is recovering from gallbladder surgery.

Conte went under the knife on Wednesday back in his home country and while the operation went well, he was not physically up to attending the game.

Kane revealed: “He was on the phone there and he just kind of congratulated me for the achievement and just said he was proud of all the boys.

Kane fired home in the 15th minute to make history

Kane on the phone to Antonio Conte after the game
Kane with Spurs legend Greaves, who passed away in 2021
“It’s not easy when you don’t have your coach there. It’s obviously been a difficult week, we’re all happy the surgery went well and he’s recovering well.

“Whenever you haven’t got your coach there, it’s never easy. We showed today we’re a unit, a team. I’m sure he was watching proudly.

“It was the type 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 be together.

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“I thought throughout the whole team everyone showed 110 per cent commitment. I’m sure the gaffer was proud and we can be proud of that.”

Kane said he will never tire of the ecstatic feeling that comes from finding the back of the net.

And he pointed to his double in 2015’s thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea at White Hart Lane as a key moment in his rise to Spurs’ finest-ever marksman.

The former Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester loanee explained: “I felt like that game was an important one.

“Chelsea at the time were one of the best teams in Europe, they were top of the Premier League.

“I’d done well before then, I’d scored goals against other teams but I hadn’t done it against a big team yet.

“And not just my goals but the whole performance, it was one of my best performances in a Spurs shirt.

“That gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could do it against any team, on any stage. That was the moment that I felt like, ‘OK, I’m here to stay’.”

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Spurs moved to within a point of fourth-placed Newcastle with their victory against Pep Guardiola’s side, albeit having played a game more.

The first half of the campaign was up-and-down with some poor performances and results, including a run of ten games where they shipped TWENTY-ONE goals.

But Conte’s side have kept it much tighter in recent games, earning clean sheets in five of their last seven matches.

The victory over City, a fortnight after they lost 4-2 at the Etihad, was their first against one of the other big six this season.

Suddenly there is optimism around the club with a winnable last-16 tie in the Champions League against AC Milan to come on Valentine’s Day and the team through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Kane added: “That’s the standard – if we can do it against one of the best teams in the league, we can do it against anyone. So they are the standards we’ve set now.

“We need to try not to fall below them in any game. Clean sheets are really important.

“They win games. We feel like we’ve got enough firepower to score goals and from top to bottom we’ve got to make sure we keep the ball out of the net.”