(Written by Cain Smith)
With 164 Premier League goals, Harry Kane has the seventh most of any player in the history of the competition, but he needs silverware in order to be considered as one of the greats — Euro 2020 could be his chance to do so with England.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has consistently been one of the best players in the country since his breakthrough season under Mauricio Pochettino in 2014/15. Since then, Kane’s lowest goal and assist tally has been 20 [18 goals, two assists], which just highlights his quality.
This season, though, has been one of his best, leading the league in both goals  and assists , but it seems unlikely that he will be winning silverware with his club anytime soon after their 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
After Jose Mourinho’s appointment last year, it seemed inevitable that he would be able to guide the London based club towards silverware for the first time since 2008, as he has won at every one of his previous clubs.
However, while the Portuguese manager led the club to a Carabao Cup final, the awful performances and league position led to his dismissal just a week before Tottenham’s biggest game since the 2019 Champions League final.
Former Spurs player, Ryan Mason took the reigns as the manager for the season and the cup final and while it seemed like a fairy tale story, reality struck and Spurs were heavily outclassed throughout the match and ultimately extended their trophy drought to 4809 days (and counting).
Unlike under Pochettino, it is difficult to see the direction that the Whites are heading now and it is unlikely that they will be challenging for major silverware in the near future and that is exactly what Kane has feared.
Speaking to Thierry Henry in 2017, Kane said: “I just want to win trophies. In three years time, if I haven’t won a few trophies by then, it’ll be disappointing.”
It is now four years later and alarm bells must be ringing for the England captain, who has zero major trophies to his name. However, with three years left on his contract, it would take an astronomical amount if anyone is going to purchase the striker and his age and ankle troubles will bring further caution to any potential suitors, not to mention that they would have to negotiate with the stubborn Daniel Levy.
With his club future seeming like it is firmly set at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Kane could be thinking that leading his national team to glory will propel his position among the all-time England greats.
Kane has scored 34 goals for The Three Lions and needs just 19 more to surpass Wayne Rooney as the all-time England top goalscorer but he will want to do what the former Manchester United man couldn’t and lead England to glory for the first time since the World Cup in 1966.
With six goals, Kane was the top goalscorer in the 2018 World Cup, but England fell short to Croatia in the semi-finals but with a stronger squad this time around, with more creative players such as Phil Foden and Mason Mount, winning Euro 2020 has become all the more likely.
It is undeniable that Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in Europe, but with all top players, trophies will always be a factor in how they are remembered. It seems that Kane’s best chance to secure silverware is with his country at Euro 2020.
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