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Harry Kane made lightning start to his England career, but wasn’t the fastest to open his account

Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s superb season continued at national team level, as he scored within eighty seconds of making his England debut, helping Roy Hodgson’s side to a 4-0 victory over Lithuania.

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But as the Daily Mail report, the forward was not the fastest off the mark for the Three Lions, with two others ahead of him, including a Spurs legend.

The second fastest goal came from John Cock in 1919. The former Chelsea striker took exactly half a minute to get onto the scoresheet against Ireland. Cock would go on to represent – and score for – England once more in a match with Scotland one year later.

But the honour for quickest ever goal from a debutant goes to former Tottenham wing-half and manager, Bill Nicholson. In 1951, he took a staggering nineteen seconds to get off the mark, when, unsurprisingly with his first touch, he put England ahead against Portugal at Goodison Park.

Like Cock, Nicholson’s international career was not to flourish as he failed to make another appearance. But it unlikely that the same fate should befall Kane if he continues the tremendous form that brought him into the England fold.

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