Nobody is more happy when September rolls around than Harry Kane.
The Spurs and England forward is reduced to a hopeless Vincent Janssen impersonator during August but now the first month of the season is out of the way he’s back to bothering the scorers.
Two goals against Malta took Kane’s international tally to ten goals from 20 games.
A goal every other game is the widely accepted as an impressive record for a centre-forward but Kane is setting his sights high.
Gareth Southgate has revealed that the 24-year-old measures himself against the superhuman pairing of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to goals.
The England gaffer said: “He [Kane] knew this morning how many goals in games he had, and also how many Ronaldo and Messi had at this point
“He’s driven to be one of the world’s best. Why can’t that happen moving forward?
“Alan Shearer was 25/26 when he was top scorer in ’96. Harry is still in the early stages of his career, but top scorer in the league two years running and in a really good place.”
Kane is one short of a fine century of goals for Spurs having appeared in 168 games for the club.
78 of his strikes have come in the Premier League and in just 116 games.
If you include his loan spells with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, the Chingford Pele has 125 goals for club and country.
That puts him just 12 behind Ronaldo at the same age.
However, Messi had already scored 203 goals by the time he was 24 — which is frankly ridiculous.
Critics of England have complained about some distinctly mediocre squad selections and performances in recent timers but in Kane they have at least one potential world-class goalscorer, if he isn’t already.
The fact he strives to emulate Messi and Ronaldo, two players who have existed in their own bracket for years, proves Kane has an elite mentality, something that should benefit Southgate’s side.
It’s early days but Kane should most definitely be targeting Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking haul of 53 goals for the Three Lions.
A hat-trick at home to Slovakia tonight would help.
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