Alan Shearer Can’t Hide Smug Response To Having Edge Over Harry Kane
Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal on Sunday but Alan Shearer had to hold back laughter on 'Match of the Day 2'.
The Tottenham striker netted his 150th strike in just his 218th Premier League game, making him the third fastest player to the total. On MOTD2, Ian Wright was instantly on the case, asking fellow pundit Shearer: "What did you do it in?"
Alan tries to put on his best innocent face, replying: "Why do you have to bring me into it?"
But even before host Mark Chapman can reveal Shearer's record, the Newcastle legend already has the smuggest of grins on his chops, being well aware his 212 games makes him the fastest ever to 150.
"You make me sick, you do," laughs Wright as Shearer fails to keep a straight face.
"You knew you had that!" adds the Arsenal icon. Shearer's deadpan response of "I just found out" is fooling absolutely nobody.
The striker boasts the overall record for Premier League goals with 260, as well as being the fastest to 150. However Kane can be proud of his ratio, however, sitting behind only Alan and Sergio Aguero. The Man City forward got to 150 in 217 games; just one match quicker than Kane.
150 - Only Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Agüero (217) scored their 150th Premier League goal in fewer appearances than @HKane, who has done so this afternoon in his 218th match in the competition. Cometh. #WBATOT pic.twitter.com/5Rjb8iLRgu- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2020
Shearer is actually a huge admirer of his fellow England captain Kane. Back in 2016, he picked out the Spurs striker as a man who could potentially break his Premier League scoring record.
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"Harry Kane has made a stunning start to his career in the Premier League," Shearer told FourFourTwo magazine. "If he avoids injury and continues his career here rather than trying his luck abroad, he will have the opportunity."
However Shearer was also a ruthless predator for Blackburn then Newcastle and, like many goalscorers, he clearly knows his own stats and is protective of his records.
Kane meanwhile has won two Golden Boots on his way to 150 goals and has scored seven in eight Premier League games already this season, while topping the assist chart with eight.
Intriguingly, one fact which does change the picture a bit is that Shearer actually started his top-flight career with Southampton, before the Premier League era. There he scored a more modest 23 goals in 118 league games while he was still learning his trade.
Shearer was 22 when the Premier League rebrand occurred in 1992, coming into his peak years. So, in terms of who was fastest to 150 top-flight goals in England, Kane beats Shearer comfortably.
But it should also be pointed out that Shearer actually boasts 283 top-flight goals in England overall. So his Premier League record of "only" 260 is actually selling Alan a bit short.
Confused? Well, you can thank Sky Sports for "inventing" football in 1992 and pressing a soft reset on so many records.
We guess Kane's next aim is to try to get to 200 Premier League goals quicker than Shearer - and then see if Alan's Match of the Day reaction is quite so cheerful.
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