For a world-class striker with Harry Kane’s stature and clinical edge, penalties are usually one game at a time.
The Tottenham and England superstar is as invincible and reliable as they come from 12 yards, but this is football we’re talking about. If ever there was an opportunity to exemplify the cruelty of the beautiful game, it was England’s crushing World Cup quarter-final defeat by France, where Kane surpassed Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time goalscorer before missing a second penalty. There was space for inclusion. Which ultimately proved fatal in a 2-1 victory for Les Bleus.
With this tale of two penalties in mind, let’s take a look at Kane’s record for spot kicks.
During England’s defeat by France in Qatar, Kane took his 20th and 21st penalties for the Three Lions – conceding one taken at under-21 level.
His first night saw the striker equal Rooney’s record 53 strikes for the country with his 17th successful spot-kick in England colors (three of which came at the 2018 World Cup in Russia), missing his second attempt. before
It is the second time Kane has beaten France captain Hugo Lloris from 12 yards, having won a penalty against his Spurs team-mate in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by France in 2017.
It would be the result of his second spot-kick on the night that he will remember, however, missing the spot for England for the first time in over a year. The last time he did so was in the Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark – that time, though, his on-target effort was blocked back into its path by Kasper Schmeichel, forcing him to recover. There was an opportunity to return home.
The different results in that quarter-final heartbreak put his penalty success rate for the Three Lions at 81%.
Kane’s record at club level is no different. For Tottenham, the striker has a success rate of 85% from this spot. In 2013, the England captain scored 39 penalties and missed seven for Spurs, conceding spot kicks in Premier League 2.
Kane has already missed twice for his club this campaign, failing to beat Dean Henderson before sending him over the bar in a 2-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest in August (this day in After scoring his first try (as against France) in a 3–2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League in October. That aforementioned successful spot-kick, however, is one of three scored for Spurs so far this season – all coming in October.
In total, Kane scored 30 Premier League goals from chances and missed four penalties in the competition. In the Champions League, he took four penalties and missed just eleven, while missing both spot kicks taken in the Europa League. Elsewhere, the striker has been successful in domestic cup competitions, scoring twice in the FA Cup and once in the League Cup.