‘You make me proud’: Antonio Conte calls Harry Kane to congratulate the striker

Antonio Conte called Harry Kane to congratulated the forward on becoming Tottenham’s all-time record goalscorer following his decisive strike in the 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The Tottenham head coach was unable to attend the match as he recovers from gallbladder surgery in Italy, with assistant coach Cristian Stellini overseeing the victory in his absence.

Kane’s first half strike saw the England captain reach 267 goals for Spurs, surpassing the mark held by the late Jimmy Greaves.

The 29-year-old’s achievement was marked post-match on the pitch by the club, with the star interviewed in front of his team-mates and home support.

Conte was quick to add his congratulations from afar, with a video from the dressing room seeing Kane receive a call from his boss.

‘You make me proud,’ Conte was heard saying, with the Spurs head coach confirming he was feeling fine after being asked by Kane about his recovery from surgery on Wednesday.

Conte later posted on Instagram to congratulate his side on their victory, with the result putting Spurs on point behind fourth placed Newcastle in the Premier League.

‘Always with You, even from afar,’ Conte wrote. ‘Proud of the whole team.’

The post-match focus was centred on Kane’s achievement, with the forward becoming just the third player to reach 200 Premier League goals.

Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney are the only other players to have reached the landmark.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher suggested Kane’s goalscoring exploits for club and country will be central to his legacy, with the star currently 60 goals behind Shearer’s Premier League record and one of the outright mark for England.

‘He is a player who will be remembered for a very long time because of that record, Premier League if he gets there, England record as well,’ Carragher said. ‘He’ll have wanted trophies to go alongside it but sometimes there’s something really special about a player being that man for that club.

‘You think about Kane and you think about him in that shirt.

‘If he can go down as the greatest Tottenham player of all time, the England record goalscorer, the Premier League record goalscorer, do you think he’d swap that for an FA Cup medal or a Carabao Cup medal? I don’t think he would.’

Graeme Souness echoed Carragher’s comment that Kane’s goalscoring feats place him among England’s greatest ever forwards.

The pundit however suggested Kane would potentially have regrets should his career end without having secured with the Premier League or Champions League.

‘There’s only two positions on the pitch where it’s black and white, you play so many games you score so many goals, or you’re so many games as a goalkeeper and you concede so many.

‘Stats will dictate how his legacy is looked at, for me he’s already up there with other guys.

‘Shearer for me was the best English striker. I may still think that even if Harry passes it.

‘He would miss having a Champions League or a Premier League. He will look back on his career looking at people and seeing players who were never in his league winning trophies, he’ll go, maybe I should have done it. Maybe I should have moved.’