Darren Anderton warns against comparing Tottenham striker to Alan Shearer

Harry Kane has been banging in the goals for Spurs this season.

Tottenham take on Fiorentina tonight in the Europa League at White Hart Lane, with the Italian side knowing they face a team with a man possessed up front. Harry Kane has banged in the goals for Spurs all season, netting 23 so far in all competitions.

Ahead of the game, former Tottenham player Darren Anderton has spoken to Tutto Mercato Web about the player. He waxes lyrical about the player, insisting he should be playing for England post haste:

"He has played, and is playing, an extraordinary season. Moreover he seems to have no weaknesses in his game and will definitely play for England soon."

In recent weeks Kane has been compared to numerous top strikers from the past. The likes of Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham have been mentioned.

However, Anderton, who played for Tottenham for 12 years, also made it clear that comparisons to Shearer this early on were perhaps slightly premature:

"Don't let us get over excited, it is too early to say whether he is the best [English striker] since the days of Shearer."

Kane certainly has a long way to go before filling the boots of the Newcastle United legend. Shearer scored 422 goals in his professional career, Kane currently has 44, so yes, a very long way to go indeed. As time goes by it will become apparent if that comparison was indeed true or simply hyperbole of yet another talented English striker.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch