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Wednesday 24th June 2020

Harry Kane sets sights on 200 Premier League goals

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is aiming to become only the third player to reach 200 Premier League goals after scoring in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over West Ham.

The England captain netted his 137th league goal for Spurs in his 200th appearance for the club.

Only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney have reached 200 Premier League goals.

Kane had last scored in December, before picking up a thigh injury that ruled him out for six months, and he now has 12 goals for the season.

Only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero - and only just, with 138 - scored more goals in his first 200 Premier League appearances for a single club than Kane has done for Tottenham (137).

In fact, Kane has been scoring at a better rate than Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who scored 131 in his first 200 league games for the Gunners.

Kane also became just the 11th outfield player to reach 200 Premier League appearances for Spurs. Five others scored in their milestone match - Sol Campbell, Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Christian Eriksen.

The goal was also Kane's ninth against West Ham, meaning he is the fourth player to score at least 30 Premier League goals in London derbies (Thierry Henry, Teddy Sheringham and Frank Lampard complete the list).

And if Kane does reach 200 goals, he would become just the third player in Premier League history to do so, following in the footsteps of Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).


 

Tottenham: Jose Mourinho appointed after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham manager after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season under Pochettino, but lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.

The Argentine, who was appointed in May 2014, did not win a trophy in his time in charge of the north London club, with Spurs' last silverware being the League Cup in 2008.

Mourinho still has a home in London and won three Premier League titles - in 2005, 2006 and 2015 - as well as one FA Cup in two spells at Chelsea.

Having taken over at Manchester United in May 2016, he won the Europa League and Carabao Cup with them in 2017.

Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford club in December 2018, with the club 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and had not managed another side before joining Spurs.

He has also previously managed Portuguese side Porto, where he won the Champions League in 2004.

At Italian club Inter Milan, Mourinho won a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010 and was named Fifa's world coach of the year, while he led Spanish team Real Madrid to the La Liga title in 2012.

He takes over a Spurs side that are without a win in their past five games and have slipped to 14th in the Premier League, 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches.

Mourinho has turned down a number of managerial opportunities, including in China, Spain and Portugal, since leaving Old Trafford.


 

Manchester City beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield

Sergio Aguero scored both Manchester City goals as the Premier League champions beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield on a sweltering day at Wembley.

Aguero's first - his 200th goal for the club - came after 13 minutes, when he collected the ball on the edge of the area after Phil Foden surged forward, and fired into the bottom corner.

His second came after the break, when he latched on to Bernardo Silva's pass and beat Willy Caballero with another precise low finish.

Chelsea, less than a month into Maurizio Sarri's reign as manager, lacked a presence in attack and managed only one shot on target, a long-range strike by 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi which Claudio Bravo fumbled to safety.

Some of their lethargy going forward could be put down to the heat, which made it difficult for both sides to sustain any sort of tempo.

Players were allowed water breaks during the game and some City players sitting on the bench had wet towels over their heads to try to protect them from the intensity of the sunshine.

Sarri was without his best forward player, with Eden Hazard due back for post-World Cup pre-season training on Monday amid speculation Real Madrid want to sign him.