Harry and our England goalscorers
Tue 20 November 2018, 12:44|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane became the 23rd player to score 20 goals for England when he grabbed the dramatic late winner against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Seven of the 23 names on that list played for us during their careers and Harry has now drawn level with two of them - Jermain Defoe and Martin Peters - as he works his way up the table of Three Lions legends.
Mick Channon, Kevin Keegan and Steven Gerrard, who all have 21 international goals, are next in Harry’s sights with another former Spur, Peter Crouch, one ahead of them. Should Harry equal Vivian Woodward’s tally of 29 then he will break into England’s all-time top 10.
In terms of England goals scored while being a Spurs player, Harry has now surpassed Gary Lineker (19) and is rapidly closing in on the top two on that list - Vivian (27) lies second with the great Jimmy Greaves (28) at the summit.
Here are a few details on our top marksmen for England...
48 goals – Gary Lineker
Gary fell one goal short of Bobby Charlton’s record when he finished his England career in 1992 with 48 in 80 matches. He made his international debut as a Leicester City player in 1984 but it was in the following three years that he really hit the heights, scoring 23 goals in 26 matches. He joined us from Barcelona in July 1989 and finished his first campaign as the top scorer in the old First Division. His relationship on the pitch with Paul Gascoigne was pivotal to his goalscoring feats and the pair were also prominent as England reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup. An FA Cup winner in 1991 with Spurs, Gary was the only England player in history to win the World Cup Golden Boot - he scored six times at the 1986 finals - until Harry scooped the prize this summer.
44 - Jimmy Greaves
Our all-time leading goalscorer was equally prolific for the national team, scoring his 44 goals in only 57 matches. Jimmy made his England debut in 1959 and had already struck 16 times in 15 games before he famously joined us in December, 1961, for £99,999. He scored four times in a game twice for England, the second time coming just a couple of weeks before the start of the 1966 World Cup. Though he started the tournament up front for Alf Ramsey’s side, an injury in the final group game gave Geoff Hurst the chance to stake his claim and create his own piece of history. Jimmy’s honours at White Hart Lane included the 1963 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the FA Cup in both 1962 and 1967, the latter coming in the same year he made his final international appearance.
29 - Vivian Woodward
Vivian’s record of 29 goals in 23 internationals between 1903-11 gave him the highest goals-to-game ratio of any of the strikers in England’s top 20, and all bar three of his efforts came during his time with us. His tally was England’s record for 47 years until Tom Finney surpassed him in 1958 while Vivian was Great Britain’s victorious captain at both the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games. Vivian played for eight seasons in the Southern League for us before scoring 18 goals in 27 games as we won the old Second Division in our first season after being elected into the Football League.
22 - Peter Crouch
Having come through the ranks at White Hart Lane but never made a first-team appearance, Peter was prolific for QPR, Portsmouth and Southampton before getting the call from England in 2005. He was in scintillating form in 2006, scoring 11 goals in 12 internationals and famously celebrating with his robotic dancing. He returned to us in 2009 after stints at Liverpool and Portsmouth and played in his second World Cup the following year. He entered Spurs folklore by scoring the goal that sealed Champions League football for us in 2009/10 and was instrumental in us reaching the last eight in that competition the following season, scoring a hat-trick in the play-off, second leg against Young Boys and then the winner against AC Milan in the last 16. He scored his 22 goals in 42 internationals.
20 - Martin Peters
Always revered as a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team, Martin did not arrive at White Hart Lane until March, 1970, but won over half of his caps while with us. He went to the 1970 World Cup shortly after and scored against West Germany, only for the infamous substitutions of him and Bobby Charlton to contribute to England being knocked out having led 2-0. He scored his final international goal when England beat Scotland 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in May, 1973. Martin won the UEFA Cup with us in 1972, in between his two League Cup successes, and went on to play 260 games for the club in total.
20 - Jermain Defoe
Jermain signed for us in March, 2004, and made his England debut the following month though he was strangely overlooked for both Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. He did go to the 2010 World Cup, at which point he was in the middle of his second spell at White Hart Lane, and scored the only goal in England’s final group game against Slovenia to ensure progress to the last 16. Still playing in the Premier League for Bournemouth, Jermain struck 143 times in total during his two stints at White Hart Lane and was recently awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.
20 - Harry Kane
Harry made the dream debut when he scored 79 seconds after coming off the bench against Lithuania in March, 2015. He’s since racked up 20 goals in 35 caps including a spell of 14 goals in 10 games, a run that started with his first match as captain against Scotland and culminated with a goal in the win against Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup, his sixth and final goal of the tournament to secure the Golden Boot. Still only 25, he’s worn the armband 15 times. Back at Spurs, he’s already up to fifth in our all-time goalscoring list with 150 goals in 228 appearances.
England goals as a Spurs player
Harry has moved up to third in terms of goals scored for England while at Spurs. Jimmy Greaves tops that list with 28 of his 44 goals for the Three Lions during his time at Spurs followed by Vivian Woodard and now Harry on 20.
England goals as a Spurs player...
Jimmy Greaves – 28 goals in 42 caps as a Spurs player
Vivian Woodward – 27 goals in 21 caps
Harry Kane – 20 goals in 35 caps
Gary Lineker – 19 goals in 38 caps
Jermain Defoe – 16 goals in 49 caps
Martin Peters – 9 goals in 34 caps
Peter Crouch – 6 goals in 8 caps