The Archive | Spurs 5-1 Sunderland | 07.04.14
Wed 07 April 2021, 10:30|Tottenham Hotspur
He was only 20, but this moment must have felt a long time coming for Harry Kane.
The Academy graduate we know now as our record goalscorer in the Premier League (162) and Europe (38), second on our all-time list (217), England captain, Golden Boot winner in the Premier League and World Cup, made his debut for us back in August, 2011.
He had a run of matches in the Europa League that season, 2011/12, and scored his first Spurs goal at Shamrock Rovers in December, 2011. But he wanted that first Premier League goal for us, and he’d had to wait.
In fact, he'd had to wait almost three years after his debut until this day seven years ago, 7 April, 2014.
On the fringes all season, but willing to fight for his place rather than go out on loan again (after spells at Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester), Harry had scored once in nine appearances (seven as substitute) when he was thrown into the starting line-up by then boss Tim Sherwood against Sunderland at the Lane.
The youngster wearing 37 had a couple of early chances as Emmanuel Adebayor levelled up Lee Cattermole’s opener in the first half. Then, on 59 minutes, Harry’s moment. Christian Eriksen whipped the ball in from the left and Harry got across the near post to guide the ball home for 2-1 - his first at the Lane uncannily similar to his last, the last-ever goal scored by a Spurs player at our famous old stadium against Manchester United three years later. Eriksen grabbed the goal he deserved for 3-1, Kane provided the assist for Adebayor’s second for 4-1 and Gylfi Sigurdsson wrapped it up with the fifth.
Harry scored in three-successive matches and started our last six of that campaign. Seven years on, he has rattled off another 161 goals in the Premier League. It all started here...
Spurs 5-1 Sunderland - the highlights
Spurs: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Chiriches, Rose, Lennon (Townsend 84), Paulinho (Veljkovic 88), Chadli (Sigurdsson 82), Eriksen, Kane, Adebayor. Substitutes (not used): Friedel, Fryers, Sandro, Bentaleb.
Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, Brown, Cuellar (Gardner 72), Alonso, Bardsley, Johnson, Cattermole (Scocco 72), Bridcutt, Sung-Yueng, Borini. Substitutes (not used): Ustari, O’Shea, Larsson, Colback, Wickham.
Goals: Spurs – Adebayor 28, 86, Kane 59, Eriksen 77, Sigurdsson 91; Sunderland – Cattermole 17.
Venue: White Hart Lane.