Kane surpasses Rooney on scoring list in Spurs win


Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 6, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.

Harry Kane became the outright second-highest goalscorer in Premier League history as Tottenham ended a four-game winless run with a much-needed victory over Crystal Palace.

Kane, 29, expertly headed in Pedro Porro’s cross in first-half added time to reach 209 goals in the competition and surpass former Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney.

It proved enough to earn a first victory under interim manager Ryan Mason and move Spurs above Brighton into sixth place – although they have now played three games more than the Seagulls, who face Everton on Monday.

The hosts had gone closest to a breakthrough before Kane’s opener when Cristian Romero’s near-post header cannoned off the crossbar, while at the opposite end Clement Lenglet produced a superb tackle to halt Jeffrey Schlupp’s progress towards goal.

Sam Johnstone kept Palace in contention with a close-range save to deny Son Heung-min following an excellent pass by Romero inside the final quarter of an hour.

But, with Kane in position to clear a loose ball from his own six-yard box, Roy Hodgson suffered just his second loss in seven games since returning to management, leaving his side 12th.

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