Micah Richards’ Alan Shearer reminder amid Harry Kane and Newcastle United legend debate

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The current and former England captains were compared in a lively debate on Sunday afternoon.

Micah Richards has compared Harry Kane to Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer after he became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time record goalscorer on Sunday afternoon.

The current England captain surpassed the 266 goals scored by Jimmy Greaves during his time with the North London club when he noticed the only goal of Sunday’s narrow win over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

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Coincidentally, Kane’s landmark goal came on the same weekend Shearer marked the 17th anniversary of the day he became Newcastle’s record scorer when he went beyond a long-standing record set by Magpies legend Jackie Milburn with a goal in a 2-0 home win against Portsmouth.

Kane’s goal also saw him follow Shearer and Wayne Rooney in racking up 200 Premier League goals, with the Spurs striker’s first strike coming in a 5-1 win against Sunderland in April 2014.

His next step will be to try and take Shearer’s all-time Premier League record of 260 goals - but former Manchester City defender Richards insisted he prefers the goalscoring exploits of the Magpies legend, despite Kane’s obvious qualities.

He told Sky Sports: “He (Kane) is a top player, he might still win something with Spurs, he could win the Champions League or the FA Cup, so let’s not write him off. We have to judge him on his goals.

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“I don’t think, personally, he’s as good as a (Wayne) Rooney or an Alan Shearer because when Rooney came on the scene he was doing things a lot of players couldn’t. Alan Shearer was scoring goals for fun. Alan Shearer, in terms of what he did, when I watched him score all types of goals, I just preferred Alan Shearer as a striker.

“In terms of dropping off and doing passes, getting assists, all-round game, but I’m talking about a goalscorer, I just liked Alan Shearer.”

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