Tottenham striker Kane looking to emulate Messi with ambitious goal target

The Barcelona superstar regularly nets over 50 times a season, and Spurs' leading man sees no reason why he cannot match that achievement

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is looking to join the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an elite group of players to score 50 goals in a season.

The Spurs star has become one of the most prolific forwards in England, passing the 20-goal mark in three successive campaigns.

He set a new personal best by netting 35 times in 2016-17, with 29 of those efforts in the Premier League enough to secure him back-to-back Golden Boots.

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Kane was, however, unable to keep pace with the likes of Barcelona talisman Messi in the race for the Golden Shoe, with the Argentine managing 54 goals – the fifth time in seven years that he has contributed 50-plus.

“Fifty goals is a target I’d love to get, obviously,” Kane told reporters after netting in an international friendly against France, his 38th effort of the season for club and country.

“Hopefully I can stay fit for the whole season and yeah, 50 goals is something I’d love to achieve.

Harry Kane 50 goals

“It’s been a very good year this year, plenty still to work on and improve on. There’s a lot to look forward to next season. It’s very exciting.

“Obviously coming second last year and the Champions League, we want to improve and going into that World Cup, there’s no better trophy to win in the world.”

Kane has been a regular source of goals for Spurs on home soil over recent years, but they will spend 2017-18 away from White Hart Lane as they finish the construction of their new ground.

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Wembley has not been a happy hunting ground for them in the Champions League and domestic cup competitions, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side intend to make the most of their time at England’s national stadium.

“Of course I’m going to miss White Hart Lane, no doubt about it,” added Kane.

“But Wembley’s a fantastic stadium and there’s not many better stadiums to be playing week-in, week-out. I’m excited for it. The way we play it suits us.”

Harry Kane France England

While Spurs will be looking to Kane to provide domestic and European inspiration next season, England manager Gareth Southgate needs his leading frontman to maintain his high standards heading into the 2018 World Cup.

“I think things are slowly getting better [in the England squad],” said the 23-year-old, who captained the Three Lions against Scotland and France.

“I think the group we’ve got here – the management, the staff – are all heading in the right direction.

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“Nights like the France defeat won’t affect us, it’s what we come here for to try to work on [ourselves].

“There’s no need to panic, no need to rush anything. These are little building blocks in place for the World Cup and we’ve more than enough talent to win it.”

Kane has managed eight goals in his 19 appearances for England to date.