Harry Kane revealed he shook off a fever to move level with Jimmy Graves as Tottenham’s joint-record scorer with his 266th goal for the club in Monday’s 1-0 win at Fulham.
The England captain netted with a clinical strike from the edge of the penalty area at Craven Cottage on the stroke of half-time.
Greaves’ Tottenham record had stood since 1970, but Kane’s first goal in his last three games saw him share the milestone.
However, Kane played on after ignoring the lingering effects of an illness that gave him a sleepless night on Sunday.
“Last night was a rough night, every two hours. A bug or a virus. I have three kids, but I have a day off tomorrow,” Kane said.
“It was a good feeling to get the goal and equalize the record.”
Goal number 266 for @HKane… pic.twitter.com/uGytdOBCSS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2023
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte welcomed Kane’s desire to play during his illness.
“I want to point out that Harry played with fever. He wasn’t that good but he wanted to play because he understood the moment, he understood that he was an important player for us, for me and for the other players. That’s the point,” Conte said.
Kane could have broken Greaves’ record in the second half, but his close-range header was superbly saved by Bernd Leno.
“I wasn’t thinking about the record but every time I miss a chance I hope to score I get disappointed,” Kane said.
“I knew this record would be broken but he made a good save.”
The 29-year-old is now one short of becoming the third player to score 200 Premier League goals, after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).
A win like this is needed after a tough result. So proud to have equaled Jimmy Graves’ record now looking for another one to break! pic.twitter.com/wutoucU7tC
— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 23, 2023
Kane is also level with Rooney as England’s joint-record goalscorer after scoring his 53rd international goal in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to France in December.
Showing his unselfish nature, Kane was more than relieved that Tottenham had ended a damaging run of two successive defeats in the league.
Their victory at Fulham closed the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to three points, with Kane admitting a meeting between Conte and the squad helped improve the performance.
“A really important win for us, especially after the last two games,” Kane said.
“We’re a little behind where we want to be but tonight was important. We communicated well, just to go back to what we’re good at, clean sheets and hard to break down.”
Yet to win a major trophy for club or country, Kane has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the close season.
But he insisted he is not thinking about his future at Tottenham this season with so much at stake.
‘Mind my work’
“I am focused on this season. There will always be talk about my future, I just want to focus on my work on the pitch,” Kane said.
“There’s still a long way to go, a lot to play like the Champions League, the FA Cup and that’s what I’m focused on.”
Graves, who died in 2021 aged 81, is regarded as one of the most natural goalscorers in football history.
A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, netting 44 times for his country, Greaves is the all-time leading goalscorer in English top-flight history with 357 goals.
Kane’s contribution to the Tottenham record drew praise from the club’s former striker Gary Lineker.
“What an incredible achievement for Harry Kane as Spurs’ all-time top scorer alongside the great Jimmy Graves,” Lineker tweeted.
“And, yes, before you start, I know he hasn’t won anything. Besides, that fact doesn’t make him any less of a footballer.
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